There really isn’t much to see at Ecola Point on the coast of Oregon in Ecola State Park. But if you need a place to have a meal with a picnic table for convenience, it’s a good place to do it. There is also a small view of the coast. However, a few years ago the park closed the trails that once led out to views of sea stacks and sea arches.
back Elevation Change: 34ft. Fees: $5/vehicle/day
Now there are a host of social trails that attempt to get views of the sea stacks. Most fail completely. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t wander around for a bit to see what little can be seen.
From the parking area, walk down the path and to the left a bit to a viewpoint overlooking Cannon Beach. The views really are pretty good of some massive sea stacks, including Haystack Rock.
From here, choose a picnic table, or else walk along the path / social trails. The one good view I found was down (west) a bit, with views of the Tillamook Head Lighthouse and (over the trees) a view of a sea arch.
Overall, not terrifically exciting. But if you’re in Ecola State Park, it’s worth a quick stop.
Round Trip Trail Length: Less than 0.5 miles
Net Elevation Gain: 34ft.
Facilities: Picnic tables & restrooms
Fees: $5 per vehicle per day, not covered by federal park passes (National Parks & Federal Lands Passes, Northwest Forest Passes, etc.). Oregon State Park Passes and Oregon Pacific Coast Passport Passes are accepted.
Trail Notes: Nice views. That’s pretty much all that’s there.
Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this?
Key GPS Coordinates for Ecola Point
Ecola Point Parking: 45.91942N / -123.97343W (45° 55′ 9.9120″ / -123° 58′ 24.3474″) (232ft.)
Trail beginning: 45.91938N / -123.97417W (45° 55′ 9.7674″ / -123° 58′ 27.0120″) (172ft.) (0.0; ended 0.5)
The gpx file for Ecola Point can be downloaded – please note that this and the GPS Coordinates are for reference only and should not be used as a sole resource when hiking this trail.
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Getting to Ecola Point
From Cannon Beach, take the main road north through the town. Cross the river and shortly afterward turn left onto E 5th Street. After 0.1 miles, take a slight right onto Ecola State Park Road. Pass through the entrance station and continue almost 2 miles to the end of the road (don’t turn right to go to Indian Beach; stay straight / left toward Ecola Point).
From US-101, take the exit for Ecola State Park / City Center, about 7 miles south of Seaside, Oregon. At the bottom of the exit, continue straight 0.1 miles, then turn right on E 5th Street and follow the directions (above) to Ecola Point.
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