Pacific City, OR
October 10, 2015 – I almost missed this stop at Cape Kiwanda along the 3 Capes Scenic Drive when I was staying at Cape Lookout State Park. I didn’t make it here until the day before I left and I was just going to do a quick drive by, but ended up staying for hours to watch the sunset.
I was hooked from the moment I stepped onto the beach and started walking toward these dunes and cliff formation.
Just look how awesome they are up close with the orangey color and the holes! I saw people had climbed the dunes to get a higher viewpoint, but I didn’t have that much energy at that point.
I hung out here for a while and watched the waves crash and the tidepools fill and drain – an endlessly fascinating occupation.
I also thought it was interesting that people could just drive up and along the beach – those folks set up a volleyball game and looked to be having a blast.
The longer I stayed, the more I thought the sunset was going to be a good one, and the deal was clinched when I saw Pelican Pub & Brewery where I could get a micro-brew to sip beachside while I was waiting for the colors to deepen. I ended up talking with some really cool people here who were residents but just as in awe of the beauty here as this visitor was.
I watched this surfer for a while and also a couple on the beach throwing a ball for their dog who never got tired of it but it pooped me out just watching him.
I loved catching the sun in the hole made by the “handle” of this Haystack Rock. When I was posting pictures to Facebook as I was there people were guessing I was at Canon Beach since apparently there is a similar rock there with the same name.
As I moved to the side and the sun sank further on the horizon, I couldn’t decide which view I liked better.
By this time I started walking back to my car so I wouldn’t have to drive home in the dark, but it sure was tempting to go ask if I could join these folks at their fire.
It’s a little shaky, but I’m still glad I caught the video with the sounds and the sight of the gentle waves lapping up to my feet: 1:42 min. YouTube video
More Cape Kiwanda Info:
Location/Contact: Coordinates: 45° 12′ 56.1″ N – 123° 58′ 10.9″ W
Pacific City, OR — 503-842-3182 — Website
Three Capes Scenic Loop: A 40 mile route that includes Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint — Cape Lookout State Park — Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area. I really enjoyed this little route that packs a lot of bang for the buck! It’s not really a loop anymore since the road is closed just north of Cape Meares because a mudslide washed out the road. As of 2015, there was no estimate as to when it might reopen, but the rest of the route can be accessed by going back and around this point. Cape Kiwanda is the smallest of the three, but for the beach and wave action, it was my favorite.
Travel Oregon: It’s three Oregon State Parks for the price of one drive and if you time your journey well, you can see it all on a brilliant winter’s day where sun beams and silence accompany your getaway across the western shores of Tillamook County.