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Proposal Rock

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

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


This sea stack rises right off the beach at Neskowin, where Neskowin 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 an 1,800-year-old drowned or "ghost" forest, one of several along the Oregon Coast. It is generally accepted that these trees, some 200 years old at the time of their demise, found themselves in the ocean as a result of sudden subduction caused by a severe earthquake. The tree remains only became visible after the fierce winter storms of 1997-98 and are better viewed at low winter/spring tides. (The sand piles deep on the beach in the summer, so fewer tree remains are exposed then.)

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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