Ecola State Park Things to Do

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    CRESCENT BEACH

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Immediately south of the Ecola Viewpoint parking lot, a trail descends to a large beach lying just north of Cannon Beach - Crescent Beach. My last visit here was with VT's own Mirliya who hails from Turkey. My explanation to her about how the beach got its name had do do with a homesick Turkish sailor's fondness for his nation's flag - but luckily for Dilek, I don't think she understood my entire theory.

    Crescent Beach is thought to have also been the furthest south that Lewis and Clark reached on the Oregon Coast during their short time here in 1806.

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    INDIAN BEACH

    by mtncorg Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Indian Beach is a couple of miles north of the Ecola Viewpoint. This is a haven for surfers and kayakers. It is a great place to learn how to get your boat in and out of the surf zone - at least in the summer - besides offering a great opportunity for the would-be kayaker to explore the magical headlands of Tillamook Head. The beach is also the start of the Tillamook Head Trail - now part of the Oregon Coastal Hiking Trail - which takes you up and over Tillamook Head to Seaside to the north.

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  • Famous Filming Locations

    by RedbeardMathPirate Written Oct 6, 2009
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    Ecola State Park is a popular site for filiming movies.
    The Restaurant scene from The Goonies, the area behind the aquarium in Free Willy, and the school carnival in Kindergarten Cop were all filmed at the main picnic area. Deeper in the park, Indian Beach has been the location for movies such as Point Break (where it was supposed to be a rain-soaked Australian beach) and Twilight (where it was supposed to be a rain-soaked Washington beach).

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    TILLAMOOK HEAD TRAIL

    by mtncorg Updated Dec 29, 2008

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    The road ends at Indian Beach, but you can continue on foot over Tillamook Head on to Seaside. At one point you are about a thousand feet above the ocean, but be forewarned that there aren't many grand views on this trail and the trail can be an exercise in bog walking - reminds me a bit of some of the walks I have taken in Scotland - at times. If you want better trails, then head south to Oswald West State Park or over to Saddle Mountain.

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    The Excellent Views

    by GuthrieColin Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    Ecola Park is all about the Excellent views of the surrounding beaches and sea Stacks. It is probably one of the most photographed seascapes in all of Oregon. Take a good few hours to enjoy this viewpoint. Soak in the scenery and if you are lucky enough to catch it on a clear day, as i did, count yourself fortunate.

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    Tillamook Rock Light House

    by GuthrieColin Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    Tillamook rock lighthouse is one of the most spectacular places for a lighthouse to be constructed. Native Americans believed that spirits resided under the rock in tunnels. At any rate this lighthouse lives a fragile existence on its perch.
    Long sense abandoned, construction of the lighthouse is a story in itself. In 1879 laborers from outside the area were brought in to construct the lighthouse. Locals thought that the endeavor was foolish and that the seas were far too rough at the location. They were probably right.
    In Jan 1880 seas crashed above the crest of the rock and ripped the construction buildings apart. The workers waited 16 days for more provisions and then continued work. The lighthouse was completed in just 2 years.
    Manning the lighthouse was another matter, nicknamed “terrible tilly” it became a living legend. The conditions were horrendous and when storms sent surges over the rock they often sent water cascading from the top of the tower into the building from above.
    The lighthouse is now listed on the national register of historic places and appears as a “ghostly looking structure”

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    Sea Lion Rocks

    by GuthrieColin Updated Aug 28, 2008

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    I didn't see any Sea Lions at the 'Sea Lion Rocks.' I would certainly say that if you want to see Sea Lions you would stand a much better chance at the Sea Lion Caves near Florence, OR.
    The rocks are pretty interesting and typify the sea stacks that are so common along the Oregon Coast. I did see many birds flying around though and if you are into watching noisy birds frolic around that may be enough for you.

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    Crescent and Indian Beach

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jul 31, 2008

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    The hike to Crescent Beach is about 1 1/2 miles and the hike to Indian Beach is a similar 1 1/4 miles. Both beaches are excellent for tide pools.
    These tide pools are common along the whole coast area and are great for the kids. I would imagine that Indian beach is less crowded since it is away from the main day use attraction which is the excellent view to Cannon and Crescent Beach.

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    The Park

    by GuthrieColin Updated Jul 31, 2008

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    Ecola State Park was named by William Clark from the Louis and Clark expedition. ‘Ekoli’ is a Chinook word meaning whale. The local Chinook peoples explained to the expedition in 1806 that a beached whale was located on what is now Indian Beach.
    The park itself boasts 9 miles of excellent Pacific Coast shoreline and 8 miles of the OCT (Oregon Coast Trail). Of that shoreline Indian Beach and Crescent Beach flank the main viewpoint at Ecola Point and provide excellent places for tide pool exploration.

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