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Maxwell Point

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Maxwell Point, Oceanside (bobcat)
The tunnel through Maxwell Point, Oceanside (bobcat)


Maxwell Point is the steep headland on the north side of Oceanside. The tunnel through Maxwell Point was constructed by the Rosenberg family, the founders of Oceanside, in 1926. It leads to Tunnel Beach, also known as Isolation Beach. A landslide closed the tunnel in 1979, but storms flushed it out in 1999. The tunnel is damp and sometimes flooded, but the secluded beaches to the north - Tunnel Beach, Agate Beach, and Lost Boy Cave Beach - are well worth the visit: for the latter two, wait until low tide.

Maxwell Point is a lobe of basalt from the Miocene era (Columbia River Basalts), like Cape Meares to the north. Maxwell Point and its attendant stacks, rocks and the massive protrusions of Three Arch Rocks were all once united in a single lava headland.

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