A Misty Morning Stroll on Arcadia Beach

Looking down on Lion Rock from the trail to Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Looking down on Lion Rock from the trail to Arcadia Beach

Arcadia Beach, along US-101 south of Cannon Beach, isn’t worth a long stop.  There just isn’t that much there.  But it does have some interesting features, so if you happen to be passing by, consider 10 or 15 minutes to walk down to the beach and see the famous (and well-named) sea stack, Lion Rock.  After all, it is free and you don’t have to go far off the highway.

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: Up to 0.5 miles Trail Type: Out & back Elevation Change: 53ft. Fees: None

 



 

 

At the ocean end of the Lion Rock sea stack on Arcadia Beach, Oregon

At the ocean end of the Lion Rock sea stack

The day I visited, the tide was extremely low.  So we were able to walk around Lion Rock without getting our shoes more than drippy on the bottoms (wet sand).  It was also very foggy, so my pictures aren’t the best, but you’ll have that.  The sun finally came out as we walked Cannon Beach to Haystack Rock an hour or so later.

Looking north toward Haystack Rock (in the distance) from Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Looking north toward Haystack Rock (in the distance)

Some of the best views are from the parking area, since you can look down on Lion Rock and see its profile.  But it’s still fun to take the very much eroded trail down to the beach and walk over to Lion Rock at the end of the point.

Profile of Lion Rock on Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Profile of Lion Rock

Some members of my group decided to brave the slippery rock and scramble over it.  I’m not sure I recommend it, or even if it’s allowed.  But they didn’t get hurt (Utah sandstone is good for something!) and they had fun.

Scrambling on Lion Rock, Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Can you see the climbers?

Because of the extremely low tide, rocks that are normally surrounded by water were high and dry.  The sea gulls were enjoying this.  The pools of water in the sand were also quite nice, though I wonder how many of them would be under water most of the time.

A sea gull seems to glare at me from a small dip in the sand on Arcadia Beach, Oregon

A sea gull seems to glare at me from a small dip in the sand

We probably spent 20 or 30 minutes exploring, then came back up to the parking area (we’re pretty amazing at being able to take a 5 minute stop and turn it into a 30 minute exploration).  Arcadia Beach doesn’t require a long stop (unless you plan on picnicking, or just hanging out on the beach – be aware that the water is very cold!).  And even though it was cloudy, the misty views down the beach were pretty nice…

Wildflowers in the parking area overlooking Lion Rock and Arcadia Beach in Oregon

Wildflowers in the parking area

Round Trip Trail Length: I ended at just over 0.5 miles, but I also wandered around for a bit.

Net Elevation Change: About 53ft. (41ft. in the parking area to -12ft. near Lion Rock)

Facilities: Primitive restrooms and a few picnic tables

Fees: None

Trail Notes: Go at low tide if you can to be able to access Lion Rock.  Or go at high tide to see the waves crashing around Lion Rock.

Tide pool at low tide on Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Tide pool at low tide

Trail ★

Road ★

Signs ★

Scenery ★

Would I go 100 miles out of my way for this? ★

Overall Rating: ★

Looking south along the misty coastline of Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Looking south along the misty coastline

GPS Coordinates for Arcadia Beach

Arcadia Beach Parking: 45.84642N / -123.96037W (45° 50′ 47.1120″ / -123° 57′ 37.3314″) (41ft.)

Trail Beginning: 45.84671N / -123.96052W (45° 50′ 48.1560″ / -123° 57′ 37.8720″) (28ft.) (0.0; ended 0.48)

Lion Rock: 45.84671N / -123.96223W (45° 50′ 48.1560″ / -123° 57′ 44.0280″) (-12ft.) (0.25 after I’d walked all the way around)

 

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Walking around Lion Rock at low tide on Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Walking around Lion Rock at low tide

Getting to Arcadia Beach

From US-101 near Cannon Beach, drive south on US-101.  After 3 miles turn right, following signs for Arcadia Beach, into the gravel parking area with a restroom.

 

From US-101 near Arch Cape, drive north on US-101.  After about 2 miles, turn left, following signs for Arcadia Beach, into the gravel parking area with a restroom.

Visual trail map for my stroll around Lion Rock and Arcadia Beach, Oregon

Visual trail map for my stroll around Lion Rock and Arcadia Beach, Oregon


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