Ecola Park

Hwy 101 mile marker 27.
Located just north of Cannon Beach, this park offers excellent views of the coast from the main parking lot (drive straight after passing by the pay booth). From the main parking lot, a 1.8 mile trail leads you to Crescent Beach. Crescent Beach has three large rocks covered with birds. (Cannon Beach's Haystock rock isn't the only Bird Rock in town. . .)
If you take a right turn after passing the pay booth, you will reach Indian Beach (parking area holds about 30 vehicles).

Site Resources: Restrooms and picnic areas at main viewpoint and also at Indian Beach, group shelter, overlook at main viewpoint.

Oregon Parks link:Ecola Park Requires Day Use Pass, Annual Pass, or Oregon Coast Passport

North entrance on 101

Park entrance at Cannon Beach

Sign Sign

Some photos taken at Ecola Beach

View from the main parking lot

After passing through the park office, you can drive straight ahead to the main parking lot. A short trail leads to an overlook offering spectacular views of the Oregon coast looking south.
The famous "Haystack Rock" of Cannon Beach is in the distance.


From the main parking lot, a 1.8 mile hike leads to Crescent Beach. Here's a view looking North.

Down at Crescent Beach

Crescent beach view

View from nearby viewpoint

If you drive south on 101, you will pass the town of Cannon Beach, and also Tolovana Park. Here's a shot taken from a viewpoint south of Tolovana Park.

View from viewpoint

When the tide is low, you can walk around the rocks on the North side of Crescent Beach and reach many interesting areas. If the tide is low enough (typically the full moon and the "empty" moon), you can even reach Indian Beach.

Crescent beach in the summer

Crescent beach view

Ecola viewpoint in January

Taken in the evening after some stormy clouds briefly parted..


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