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Ecola Point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Sea Lion Rocks from Ecola Point (bobcat)


Ecola Point is part of expansive Ecola State Park, which extends north over Tillamook Head. Most visitors just drive here and take a short stroll, though, and photographic images from Ecola Point almost seem to define the Oregon Coast. Views north extend to Tillamook Head and the Tillamook Rock Light. Just below are the Sea Lion Rocks, bustling with seabirds. Crescent Beach curves outward to Chapman Point, and beyond lie Haystack Rock and the assorted headlines and stacks that adorn the seascape south to Oswald West State Park.

Bring binoculars. Sea lions use the offshore rocks from mid-spring to mid-summer. Seabirds nest on the same rocks in spring. Watch for gray whales heading north in March; orcas make their northward migration in May: both species head south in winter.

Note that the trails out to the viewpoint have been permanently closed since December 2015. The views are a little more restrictive than before, and you can no longer see Sea Lion Rocks from above.

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