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Proposal rock

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Proposal Rock, Neskowin (bobcat)
The drowned forest near Proposal Rock, Neskowin (bobcat)

Description

This sea stack rises right off the beach at Neskowin, where Newkowin Creek meets the Pacific Ocean. A scrubby Sitka spruce woodland crowns the rock, those trees sometimes offering a perch for bald eagles. To south looms Cascade Head, and immediately to the south a low tide offers glimpses of a 2,000-year-old drowned or "ghost" forest, one of several along the Oregon Coast. It is generally accepted that these trees found themselves in the ocean as a result of sudden subduction caused by an earthquake. The tree remains only became visible after the fierce winter storms of 1997 and are better viewed at low winter tides.

Proposal Rock is part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. The story is that Proposal Rock got its name when a 19th century sea captain rowed his fiancée out to the rock and asked for her hand in marriage.

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