Views of Cannon Beach at Ecola State Park

Views from the Ecola Point overlook toward Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon

Views from the Ecola Point overlook toward Cannon Beach

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.

Quick Stats

Round Trip Length: 0.5 miles Trail Type: Loop or out & 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.

Tillamook Head Light from Ecola Point in Ecola State Park, Oregon

Tillamook Head Light

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.

Close up of the sea arch (I think!) from Ecola Point in Ecola State Park, Oregon

Close up of the sea arch (I think!)

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.

A more realistic view of what I saw of the sea arch from Ecola Point in Ecola State Park, Oregon

A more realistic view of what I saw of the sea arch…

Trail ★★★☆☆

Road ★★★☆☆

Signs ★★☆☆☆

Scenery ★★★☆☆

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

Overall Rating: ★★½☆☆

Zoomed picture toward Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach, Ecola State Park, Oregon

Zoomed picture toward Haystack Rock and Cannon Beach

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)

 

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Cannon Beach from an overlook on Ecola Point at Ecola State Park, Oregon

Cannon Beach from an overlook

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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Visual trail map and elevation profile for my stroll around Ecola Point in Ecola State Park, Oregon

Visual trail map and elevation profile for my stroll around Ecola Point

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