Did you know Ecola beach was initially ‘discovered’ because of a beached whale? According to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, in 1806 Capt. William Clark and his twelve team members climbed over rocky headlands and blazed a trail through thick shrubs and trees to get to the whale in what is now Ecola State Park. Today, a paved road from Cannon Beach makes accessing the park much easier! Traveling under the shade of towering Sitka spruce, you suddenly emerge upon a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. Be sure to have your camera ready!
Ecola State Park offers year-round recreation for adventurers and more casual visitors as well. There are picnic benches so you can enjoy a meal or a hot thermos of coffee with an ocean view. Along with stunning vistas, Ecola State Park has many miles of trails. One of the newest trails, the Clatsop Loop trail, is an interpretive trail you that gives you the chance to walk in the footsteps of Native Americans and Capt. Clark’s men.
The Clatsop Loop trail is the same route that native Americans used during the winter months, when canoe travel up and down the coastline was too dangerous.
The trail actually begins north of Ecola State Park at Indian Beach, although hiking trails connect one beach to the next. The Clatsop loop is 2.5 miles and it leads you to the hiker’s camp just inland from Tillamook Rock Lighthouse Viewpoint. The way down is an old gravel road. You return via a narrow hiking path.
While this is just one new trail along our coastline, we know many beautiful routes and would love to share them with you. Hopefully, we can find just the right trail for you – whether you need something not too steep, something with ocean views or a more challenging hike that would take you most of the day, we probably know the place. Customized and committed service – another perk of staying at a Cannon Beach bed and breakfast!