Ecola State Park
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,206 contributions
Jul 2021
Ecola State Park requires paying a $5 Day Use Fee. We came on Tuesday 7/27 around 3 pm. We did not have any issues finding parking. In the parking lot is a machine for you to purchase the $5 ticket. Credit cards are accepted and the Pass is placed on your dash.

You can walk around and even see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse which sits on an island. We also drove to Indian Beach which is part of Ecola State Park.
Written August 20, 2021
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vnishith
Houston, TX166 contributions
Sep 2021 • Couples
You have to pay $5 for parking with a credit card. The credit card machine is sensitive, and everyone was having trouble but it does work. We took the Indian Trail. Beware that it is quite a hike through a tough trail that can be slippery in places. At the beginning there’s a stunning view of the beach from a cliff. After that you will see such view only after an hour or more of walking. You can go down to the beach eventually, if you want to. Otherwise, the best view is already within first quarter mile and you can turn back.
Written September 24, 2021
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Lani N
Puyallup, WA3 contributions
Jun 2021
I live in the woods in WA State, and even I was impressed with the beauty of driving through the forest to the ocean. It offers multiple hikes along the ocean. We spent time on the beach and then tried the short 4-mile round trip hike from Indian Beach to the Lookout and back. It was a relatively narrow trail that went mainly up then down. I wouldn't take my 86 year-old mother on it. So worth the time. We took lots of pictures. Highly recommended!
Written June 29, 2021
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Racer70
Lithopolis, OH231 contributions
Aug 2021
My 12 yr. old daughter and I hiked the Crescent Beach Trail on August 7, 2021. You park at the trail head and there is quite a bit of parking available, but the earlier the better because it starts to get busy as the surfer crowd shows up. There are bath rooms and a auto-pay kiosk to pay for your day use at the park ($5).

The trail is generally well marked and will be muddy if it's wet or foggy, which is often the case. Hiking shoes and water are recommended and the trail is challenging with elevations changes through the forest as it makes its way down to the beach. It takes about an hour each way, give or take a few minutes and your skill level. Enjoy the views of the beach and the forest!
Written August 19, 2021
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Vincent P
Oakland, CA53 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
Beautiful and easily accessible. The 2.5 catslop loop is gorgeous. Recommend going counterclockwise so that your hike up is on the more well groomed wide service road, while the way down is on the less sure-footed narrow trail. Great tidepools at low tide on south end of Indian beach with many sea-stars, crabs, etc.
Written July 25, 2021
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gypsymama3
179 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
So we got up early to come here to avoid the crowds during this pandemic! We got there about 8:00 ..

Their were only 4 other cars in the parking lot.
It’s a open beach with big rocks and caves.. with tide pools which were cool .. we were luck enough to see a bald eagle on our walk, seashells, silver dollars.. we just kept walking and we did about 10 miles down the beach!

Get there early by the time we left the parking lot was crazy and crowded...
Written August 8, 2020
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Deborah S
70 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
With it being the time the gray whales are coming through this park boasts some great lookout points. Unfortunate for us the weather on New Years Eve was horrible. The wind and rain made it not an enjoyable visit. New Years Day let us have a short window of good weather to enjoy the views. Even though we did not see any whales the views were gorgeous. Beautiful views of the beaches and Haystack rock. Waves crashing around the lighthouse and bald eagles flying over head. Be sure to dress warm and dry for the rainy season.
Written January 2, 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,755 contributions
Aug 2022 • Couples
This is a pretty big park with a number of entry points. Requires a 5 USD NPS day fee.

Indian beach is lovely and very popular with surfers. We hiked the Clatsop loop from here, which is 3 miles if you include the short path at the top to view the tiny Tillamook lighthouse. Steady climb up on a wide gravel/stone path. Some interpretive panels en route. You can also hike to Seaside (c6 miles one way) from here.

We visited Ecola Beach aswell - different part of the park, which is also very nice, and has views from above over to Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock.

Written August 12, 2022
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Jenz99
Kalaheo, HI5,228 contributions
Jun 2022
Glad we stopped here our first afternoon in Cannon Beach, as it was the only clear day and the views of the rock formations were spectacular. Low hanging clouds the next two mornings would have really limited the views. Was shocked to see a few people in the water at the beach, as it has to be frigid this time of year.
Written June 19, 2022
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Deb C
Parker, CO186 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a hike down to crescent beach which was worth the hike and saw few people. It was a muddy hike thru the green green forest. I would highly recommend this hike to those adventurous to follow the trail down to the waters edge.
Written February 16, 2020
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