Ecola State Park 5/5/13

May 5th, 2013

Hike: Indian Beach at Ecola State Park, Cannon Beach, OR

Weather: Mid 80s, sunny, breezy, warm

Hikers: Ian, Court, Greg, Cat

Drove to Cannon Beach from Portland and arrived at noon.  The original intent was to hike the Clatsop Loop, but this trail was great.  It wound through the forest, out to overlooks, along the cliff faces, and finally down to Indian Beach, with many changes in elevation.  The views of the Pacific were amazing.  We could see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, aka “Terrible Tilly” in the distance, along with various other rock formations.  Total distance covered round trip was about 3.5 miles, but the terrain was somewhat challenging at points.

Greg (barefoot?) and Cat walking the trail

Greg (barefoot?) and Cat walking the trail

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Court at overlook

Court at overlook

Looking down on Indian Beach

Looking down on Indian Beach

This reminds me of The Goonies, which was filmed very near here

This reminds me of The Goonies, which was filmed very near here

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Overlooking the Pacific from the cliff face

Overlooking the Pacific from the cliff face

Deciding which way to go

Deciding which way to go

Terrible Tilly

Terrible Tilly

The beach was amazing, albeit somewhat crowded.  There was a freshwater stream about 15 feet wide that came down from the forest and cut across the beach straight into the ocean.  The sand was fine and gray.  Around the rocks were many tide pools fed by the very cold water of the Pacific. Our feet were numb after a few minutes wading.  In the tide pools were many creatures: purple and orange starfish as big as your hand, anemones (blue and green), urchins, mussels (Court was amazed at the size of some), and tons of barnacles, all clinging to the dark black rocks.  The beach was very wide, probably 200 yards from water to the forest cliffs.

Pictograph on the beach

Pictograph on the beach

Walking the beach

Walking the beach

Creek coming down from the forest to the ocean

Creek coming down from the forest to the ocean with Tilly in the background

Starfish

Starfish

Anemones

Anemones

We made our way back using a slight shortcut we found further down the beach.  The temperature change within the forest compared to the beach was awesome.  We didn’t encounter much wildlife, but I saw a small centipede of some kind and also got a great (and lucky) photo of a white butterfly in mid-flight.

Stairs in the forest

Stairs in the forest

Big tree!

Big tree!

Butterfly in flight

Butterfly in flight

Say Cheese

Say Cheese

Once back to the car, we headed into town for supplies and went further down Cannon Beach for a picnic and views of Haystack Rock and surrounding area.

One response to “Ecola State Park 5/5/13

  1. Good blog, Ian. Can’t wait to experience more of your hikes……..
    Mom

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