Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Remarkable Oregon Coast Changes: the Eating and the Fattening of Stonefield Beach State Wayside

Published 05/26/2018 at 4:45 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection Staff

Remarkable Oregon Coast Changes: the Eating and the Fattening of Stonefield Beach State Wayside

(Yachats, Oregon) - Between Yachats and Florence, the beaches are wild and untouched. Even on busy weekends, it’s not too hard to find a beach on this part of the central Oregon coast where solitude rules the day. Somewhere halfway between the two towns, Ten Mile Creek provides two interesting beaches – one of them quite hidden.

It’s all a part of Stonefield Beach State Wayside, a slightly secret beach spot with a face that can change drastically at times.


Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings not found anywhere else
In Cannon Beach:
Winter rates, free night offers
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
Special prices for spring, free night offers
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
How to get a free night - stormwatch deals
In Lincoln City:
Exclusive listings; spring specials
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
A lot of stunning oceanfront whale watching
In Newport:
Special offers, free nights - stormwatch, spring deals
In Waldport
Low spring rates - stormwatch deals
In Yachats, Florence
Great spring deals; find lodgings not listed anywhere else

On the northern side of the creek and the famed bridge lies a beach that’s unreachable except by a small hike through uncomfortable brush, giving way to about a mile of seriously hidden sands and stones that is inaccessible anywhere else along that stretch. The path takes you on a long, winding walk through brush, eventually giving way to a more manicured, grassy area, snaking past a wildly innovative example of architecture that looks like a giant Rubik’s Cube twisted at odd angles. This was once a BnB called The Ziggurat – it still is in operation in some manner, but now as an Air BnB lodging. Along this pastoral pathway there’s an ornate bench, set up to view the stream and the breakers all at once.

Down on this half of the beach, there are bubbly basalt structures dotting the landscape, while the nearby creek gurgles away, deceptively quiet for all the power within it. You can’t usually cross it to reach the southern side. On this rather hidden beach, the basalt structures change in height and configuration with the sand levels and the tide, while during more frothy, stormy times of the year, they can appear more craggy and sharp-edged.


Each year is another landscape here, with different amounts of storm-strewn logs changing the look even more drastically than the basalt stones.

On the southern side, reachable via an easy access and a small road to the parking lot, it’s all sand. Usually soft sands, too, but seasons can shift that in insane ways. In the winter, the beach in this section is more concave and lower, and the pleasant sands have given way to more gravel beds and sharper edges. This also means more agates, too.

The most marked change is the difference between winter and summer, when sand levels vacillate from one extreme to the other. In summer the beach is wider but the stony basalts have almost disappeared. In winter, storms dredge out sand and turn the place inside out at times.

It’s not uncommon for Stonefield Beach State Wayside to get shut down in mid-winter, as those infamous Oregon coast storms will not only smother the parking lot with debris but they heave logs and other stuff a little ways up the access road.

Storms even dig up the parking lot and eat parts of the concrete away along with the seemingly sturdy foredunes. Impressive and more than a little sobering.


Ten Mile Creek and the accesses to Stonefield Beach State Wayside are about seven miles south of Yachats, at around Milepost 172. Yachats Hotels - Lodging in this area - Where to eat - Maps and Virtual Tours

Oregon Coast Lodging

 

 

More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

S. Oregon Coast Sneaker Wave Hazards; Coast Range Air Stagnation
Dangerous surf from Reedsport southward, sunny skies on Oregon / Washington coast, air issues near the coast
Cannon Beach's Haystack Holidays Return to N. Oregon Coast in Different Form
The famed north Oregon coast town of Cannon Beach has figured out a safe but fun way to continue its ages-long tradition. Cannon Beach events
Astronomer Answers Why Are Stars Different Colors Above Washington / Oregon C...
What's happening when your night photo captures such different colors out in space. Part weather, mostly astronomy. Sciences
Devil of a Good Time on Oregon Coast: Heavenly Places with Hellish Names
Some of the most beautiful spots along these beaches with fiery names, from south to north. Bandon, Yachats, South coast, Depoe Bay, Newport, Lincon City, Manzanita, Cannon Beach
Pet-Friendly Spots and Beach Traveling on the Oregon Coast
Traveling to the Oregon Coast with your dog soon? No doubt you'll end up on the beach, but here are some other pet-friendly spots for when you need a break. Sciences
Slight and Subtle Lunar Eclipse for Washington / Oregon Coast
On Sunday A penumbral lunar eclipse will occur on the night of November 29 through after midnight on the 30th. Weather
Astoria's Special Holiday Shopping Event Heats Up N. Oregon Coast
The town recently announced its annual holiday shopping offers through Dec
Holiday Celebrations Nixed on Oregon Coast, Silver Falls
News on the holidays at Shore Acres and Silver Falls State Park

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details