Stunning Secret Viewpoints on the Oregon Coast
|Devil's Punchbowl in a calm mood.
(Oregon Coast) - Some of the best views on the Oregon coast
are the hardest to find. They sit behind a bunch of bushes just off a
long path winding around a headland. They lurk beyond view on a chunk
of desolate rock - somehow making you think there was nothing there. Or
they only happen at certain times, like when sand conditions are just
right, a rock has moved out of place and unlocked a spot, or at extreme
Some hidden spots will be kept secret among BeachConnection.net
staff - and this spot above Hug Point is one of them. But if you've never
been to or heard of Hug Point, this bird's eye view gives you a decent
preview of its delights.
From above, you can see the remnants of the road that was
blasted into the headland at the turn of the century - a time when the
only highways going from town to town on the coast were the beaches themselves.
This they created to get around the point at higher tides.
On the north face of the point, you can find other ancient
items embedded in the rock, such as remnants of the old traffic light
and a small brass knob bearing the emblem of an old electrical company.
Periodically, someone builds a fire here, and it is sometimes
used for camping.
This hidden spot above boasts plenty of delights beyond
this view. You can see the layout of this stunning place from this vantage
point, as well as the southern stretch of beach that isn't always traversable
because of the big tides at Hug Point.
There are so many visual treasures here. But you'll just
have to take our word for that.
the Devil's Punchbowl
It's rare, but it's one of the more unforgettable experiences
you can have. Sometimes the tide is low enough at the Devil's Punchbowl
- just north of Newport - to actually walk inside the structure. It's
a place where often the tide is swirling angrily, making a frightening
commotion. But at these moments, you can wander over the wave-polished
boulders and examine the walls scoured and torn by the tide, and the weird
colors that have been uncovered here.
Just outside the Punchbowl is almost as strange, such as
an almost alien rock structure jutting up and exposed by low tide, looking
a bit like a giant boot left on the beach.
There are a myriad of marine gardens and tide pool wonders
actually three different hiking trails on this enormous headland, and
tons of incredible views along all of them. But the main one - which winds
around some five miles - is legendary for its views.
The view pictured here is of Sand Beach, which is known
as the "other Sand Dunes on the Oregon Coast," and the stretch
of sand running between there and the base of Cape Lookout.
There are many such views along this route, but this
spot - hidden behind a thick wall of bushes - is nothing short of breathtaking.
It's a dangerous one, however, and thus we won't give away its exact location
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