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Review of Ecola State Park

Ecola State Park
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This is just a bit harder to get to, but worth the effort. The tidal pools here are better than Haystack. Get there early to avoid traffic.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This beach is very beautiful. Although it was a bit chilly it was so fun to walk among the rocks and see all the creatures living in the tide pools around and on the rocks.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Ecola is a wonderful place, well worth the $5 per vehicle entrance fee. You basically have two choices for beach access. Indian Beach is great. It is very accessible and has a long stretch of sandy beach. That's why everyone goes there. That's also why I prefer Ecola Point. When you first arrive in the parking lot you see a beautiful vista and you also wonder how the heck you access the beach!

You should only attempt this if you are able bodied and spry, lithe, and/or nimble!!

I am 35 years old, and was the oldest of our 6 person group, the youngest being a very athletic 4 year old...but you must watch young children carefully! Walk down the gravel path and continue west, past the restroom. The gravel ends and you begin a bit of a precarious, sometimes muddy descent down trails that are not exactly well maintained. The trail branches several times, but as far as I can tell all paths will eventually lead to the beach. It's a bit rough, but the reward is worth it!

You end up in a secluded beach with little or no people, tide pools, sandy beach...basically all you could ask for. Do your self a favor and check the tide table; low tide is definitely the best time to be there.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

A scenic drive into the park and to its two parking areas. Once travels thru tropical forests with views of rocky clifts, breaking waves and view of a light house. Look at the scenic beach extending to the horizon, the same one first seen by the Lewis & Clark expedition members. Absolutely stunning!

Thank mrdesign
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Wow.. Beautiful coastline shots from up here.. Only thing is they charge to go and take pics.. Was told by this man we met at Mt Rainier to not miss Ecola and it was worth the views

Thank karenk59
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