We took the day off work on a Friday and headed to the coast for a break from the gray rainy days of early fall. Ecola State Park is just north of Cannon Beach, Oregon and has two nice beaches. Crescent Beach, viewable from Ecola Point, is only accessible via a 1-1/4 mile hike. Having a beach that you can only get to by hiking in means that you are more likely to be the only one on the beach. And even if you aren’t, it certainly feels that way because there is so much beach here to explore.
There is a long stretch of sandy beach, plenty of sea stacks along the shoreline, and headlands on both ends of the beach make it feel even more isolated. In the winter months, this is a good place to find agates on the north end of the beach. From certain points along the beach, you can see Tillamook Head Lighthouse, built in 1881 and nicknamed “Terrible Tilly” due to its location in a rocky area of the coast known for storms.