Oceanside Tunnel and Three Arch Rocks

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Oceanside beach entry

Entrance to Oceanside Beach

Oceanside, Oregon

Oct. 8, 2015: While I was staying at Cape Lookout State Park,  I heard about a tunnel that you could go through in Oceanside for good views of Three Arch Rocks, so I wasn’t about to miss that.

Oceanside city view

Approaching the tiny town of Oceanside, a very popular tourist destination with lots of beach view rentals.  See the warning below about not going there in a larger RV, especially a motorhome with a toad.

Oceanside tunnel far off

Oceanside tunnel entranceAfter getting on the beach, look to your right and you’ll see the entrance to the tunnel in the Maxwell Point cliffside with the Caution, Falling Rocks sign.  The tunnel was opened in 1926 and I read that at some point it had been covered by a landslide, but was opened again in the early 90’s.  I also read that the tunnel has been shut off by at least a couple mud and rockslides since – leaving some stranded on the other side for a time.  Uh, no thanks to that!

Oceanside tunnel

I didn’t find it scary or anything and it’s a pretty short trip through.

Oceanside tunnel view 1

Getting close to the other side, the ocean views and sounds are tempting.

Oceanside tunnel view 2

At the end, you can climb down a little bit and get on the beach.

Oceanside tunnel view 3

Here’s the view to the right of that entry.

Oceanside beach

The beach to the left.

Oceanside headstand

On the way back, I came across this guy doing an awesome headstand and I told him the scene was so Oregonish, I asked if I could take his picture and he agreed.  Loved it – Namaste, dude!

Oceanside beach heart

I remember coming across a rock heart in the sand at Lake Superior when I fell in love with her, and here’s another one marking my official love affair with the Oregon Coast.  How can you not love this?!



According to Beach Connection.net: The tunnel was built in the early part of the 20th century by the Rosenberg family, which created the original resort in Oceanside. After drilling through to the other side, they built a massive walkway at the end of this cove, which allowed access to the another even more hidden beach called Lost Boy Beach.

Tillamook Headlight Herald: In another two years, the brothers would add a tunnel under Maxwell Point so family members and visitors could more easily reach beaches on the other side.

Oceanside History – Some locals say that during World War II a cannon was installed on the other side to defend our shoreline against possible submarine invasion from Japan.

Visit the Oregon Coast – At the northern-most end of Oceanside beach, is a tunnel through Maxwell Point. During low tides, the tunnel affords access to Tunnel Beach on the other side. Around the next point at the North end of Tunnel Beach, is Agate Beach, which can only be reached by going around the point on a minus tide.

Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge – One of the Oregon coast’s best-known landmarks, the refuge consists of three large and six smaller rocks totaling 15 acres. The refuge is one of the smallest designated Wilderness Areas in the country.

Oceanside signNote:  See the warning about no RVs or trailers on the sign going into Oceanside because there is nowhere to park or easily turn around there.

I was there in my car and even the side streets have warning signs that they’re not suitable for RVs.

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