When you arrive at Ecola State Park, you have two choices: head down to the beach, or gaze out from the lookouts, perched atop a rocky cliff.
Short trails starting at the upper parking area give you views of the ocean, the beaches, and the rocky sea stacks that jut up from below the surface.
In the photo above, look at the upper right side: that's Haystack Rock, an Oregon Coast landmark you'll find on postcards for sale throughout the state. You can get a better view of Haystack Rock from Cannon Beach, near the town's center.
Looking north, you can see Indian Beach, our next stop.
Ecola State Park also allows you a great view of one of the Pacific Coast's most remote and foreboding lighthouses. The Tillamook Head Light is offshore, perched atop a tiny rock. Even though its light is 133 feet above sea level, the crashing waves from several storms over the past 120 plus years have smashed the glass windows surrounding the light, and hurled rocks through the roof of the light keepers' quarters.
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