Oregon Coast Trail (Section 03): Ecola State Park to Arch Cape - Backpacker

Oregon Coast Trail (Section 03): Ecola State Park to Arch Cape

This 9.5-mile section of the Oregon Coast Trail winds south on sandy beaches punctuated with craggy headlands and 235-foot Haystack Rock.
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Stretching from the mouth of the Columbia River to the California border, the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail links sandy shoreline, rugged headlands, and numerous state parks. This section of the OCT starts at Ecola State Park and travels 9.5 miles to Arch Cape.
Walk south from the parking lot at Ecola State Park to the trail just beyond the restrooms. The route climbs briefly into forest before tracing the road for a nearly two-mile descent into the town of Cannon Beach. At mile 2.5, turn left and walk south along Cannon Beach, passing 235-foot Haystack Rock and tidal pools teeming with starfish, sea anemone, crabs, and sea slugs.
From here, continue south along the beach, passing Tolovana Beach, Silver Point, Humbug Point and Arcadia Beach. At mile 7.3, follow the road blasted into Hug Point. (Caution: Do this during mid- or low tide—the road is submerged during high tide.) On the other side of the point is a small oasis, complete with cave, waterfall, colorful algae, and another stretch of beach.
The next 1.8-mile stretch continues south to Arch Cape. At mile 9.4, take the last left before the point of Arch Cape juts out into the sea and follow Leech Lane east to your shuttle car.
CAUTION: Do not try to round headlands without knowledge of tide heights and times. Bring a tide chart and a detailed topo map. Free tide tables are available at state park offices, information centers, and the Hatfield Marine Science Center website.
INFO: Oregon Coast Trail
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-Mapped by Echo Hobbs, Salem Hiking Meetup

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 15.2



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Hike south from the parking area off Ecola Park Road.


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Cross a bridge.


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The trail passes Crescent Beach (0.1 mile to the west).


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Turn right onto Ecola State Park Road and head south.


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Continue straight at the junction.


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Turn left on 5th Street.


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Turn right onto Fir Street (becomes Elm Avenue) and cross Ecola Creek.


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Turn right onto 2nd Street.


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Beach access: Turn left and walk south along Cannon Beach.


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Public restrooms are located near the corner of Dawes Avenue and Hemlock Street in Cannon Beach.


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The route passes 235-foot Haystack Rock. Look for tide pools teeming with starfish, sea anemone, crabs, and sea slugs. On summer weekends, volunteers are present to help educate people about these underwater gardens.


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Walk south through Tolovana Beach Wayside Park.


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Silver Point


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Pass Humbug Point.


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Arcadia Beach


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Follow the road blasted into Hug Point. Caution: Do this during mid- or low tide. The road is submerged during high tide.


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A cave is located on the southern side of Hug Point.


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Pass Austin Point.


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Austin Creek flows into the ocean.


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Turn left onto Leech Lane.


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The hike ends at Leech Lane and Canon Road.

View from Ecola State Park

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View down the beach from the Ecola parking area.


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Ecola Creek

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View of Tillamook Head

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Sand Castle

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Haystack Rock

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Tillamook Head from Humbug Point

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Hug Point

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Road around Hug Point

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The road gets covered by high tide.

Hug Point

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Walking along Arch Cape

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Arch Cape

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Path to Leech Lane

Location: 45.804497, -123.966225

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