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Ecola State Park

Northern Oregon Coast, Oregon

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  • View of Indian Beach from the Clatsop Loop Trail.- Indian Beach
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  • Tillamook Head Lighthouse in the distance.- Indian Beach
  • Looking north over Indian Beach at Indian Point and Tillamook Head.- Indian Beach
  • Small beach to the south of Indian Beach.- Indian Beach
  • Brandt's cormorant (Phalacrocorax penicillatus) drying its wings in the sun.- Indian Beach
  • Blue mussels (Mytilus edulis).- Indian Beach
  • Looking south from Indian Beach as twilight sets in.- Indian Beach
  • Tillamook Rock Lighthouse sits offshore.- Indian Beach
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Pros: 
Lighthouse view. Bird watching. Surfing.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Northern Oregon Coast, OR
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Rocky shore
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
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Adventure Description

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Indian Beach sits at the base of Tillamook Head’s southern slope in Ecola State Park, and it is an ideal place to take in the enormity of the basalt formation that displays the region's geological heritage.  If the tumultuous and vast Pacific doesn’t inspire sufficient awe, consider the prospect that some 15 million years ago the rock that forms the Tillamook Headland was a molten river of basalt flowing down the Columbia Gorge from Idaho. 

Stepping back into today, relax and contemplate the view of hardy surfers in the waves, the Brandt’s cormorants stretching their wings from the top of Indian Point, and the incredible construction of Terrible Tilly, the lighthouse on Tillamook Rock. For a quick, remarkable history of this lonely lighthouse, visit www.lighthousefriends.com. If you are exploring during high tide and would like to walk the length of the beach, you can avoid a stream crossing by taking a trail that leaves from the parking lot. Tide pools may be found at the south end of the beach during low tide.

If you have the time and energy, the quick, 3-mile hike on the Clatsop Loop provides an excellent overview of the area in addition to views of the lighthouse, Hiker’s Camp and an old World War II radar installation. The Crescent Beach Trail also offers access to a nearby and less-trafficked beach. The longer hike across Tillamook Head is also well-worth the effort, time and energy permitting.

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