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Time Lapse Photos of Waves and Blowhole at Smelt Sands, 804 Trail
Yachats Virtual Tour

Where the Waves Are.

A small "blowhole" in the rock near the entrance to Smelt Sands - in various degrees of blowing.

Many beautiful things in Yachats seem a testament to the fierce determination of locals to keep their town a wonder to behold.

The Yachats 804 Trail is another large example. It wouldn't exist if not for a decade-long legal battle over a resident who tried to block access to the Smelt Sands Beach area in the 70's. Locals discovered a long-hidden county road right-of-way there. Then, after ten or so years in the Supreme Court, this three-quarter-mile stretch of land was handed over to the county, and in the early 90's became this gorgeous, handicap-accessible trail.

These days, you can walk this living monument and have close access to tide pools, major rock formations, and a few interesting, slightly quirky homes.