A Winter Day at the Oregon Coast


We drove over the snowy Coast Range from Portland to Cannon Beach and explored some of our favorite places on a cold, sunny day. Everywhere else within reach was colder, wetter, snowier.

Arcadia Beach State Park

First stop, late morning. High tide was in the early afternoon so the beach was shrinking as we walked a couple of miles south along the shore. We could not get around any of the headlands. Heavy mineral concentrations on the sand-depleted winter beaches made beautiful patterns.


Looking down on Arcadia Beach from above – at low tide we would be able to walk around the headland and north all the way to Cannon Beach.


Tidal channels


Heavy mineral patterns



Foot for scale.


View to the south toward Hug Point and beyond.


Zooming in on Hug Point – as close as we would get to it today.

Hug Point State Park

Tide even higher, so our stop here was brief.


Beach at Hug Point State Park – north view at high tide. We would not be able to see the waterfall or Hug Point itself today.


South view – in the summer the sand stretches for miles at low tide!

Arch Cape Beach

We have stayed near this beach many times over the past 30 years. We found a log to perch on while we ate our lunch. Only the rocky shingle was exposed on the winter beach. Thick foam was washing around in the swash zone, floating on the ebbing water, sparkling in the sun.


Lunch view to the north.


Lunch view to the south, Arch Cape and Castle Rock.


Neahkahnie Viewpoint

At the south end of Oswald West State Park, the view to Nehalem Bay and Manzanita to the south is stunning.


Neahkahnie Mountain

We hiked the three mile round trip to the top of Neahkahnie Mountain – beautiful views on this cold day.



Much of the trail is through shady forest.


View from the rocky top. Nehalem Bay and Manzanita Beach.


Note the snow capped peaks in the Coast Range.

Short Sand Beach, Oswald West State Park

We walked a couple of miles here on the interconnected trails that lead to Short Sand Beach in Smuggler’s Cove.


Bridge over Necarney Creek


View to north from the south beach


View to south from the south beach


North beach of Smuggler’s CoveFalcon Point and Blumenthal Falls

There were a few surfers in the water.


I accidentally photographed a surfer when I was zooming in on the falls.



Blumenthal Falls

Silver Point View

Looking back toward Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.


Cannon Beach/Haystack Rock at Sunset

After an early dinner in Cannon Beach, we parked near Haystack Rock. Dan walked down the beach to photograph the sunset. I watched from above, keeping warm in the car. (Hike #11, 8 miles, 1100 feet for the day).

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Haystack Rock

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Tillamook Head to the north.



I finished the first sock of this pair. I have set up a frame to practice canvas stitching.


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