We looked up the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area's website ahead of time and arrived early in the morning to see the tide pools. We were expecting paved walkways as the website had said, but it turns out that area got overtaken by sand and had nothing living anywhere except catarpillars crawling on the hand rails. There were tidepools to see at the "Cobble Beach" area, but it was VERY difficult to get to them as the beach is made up of very large stones that quickly shift as you walk on them. A little steep too. and the rocks surrounding the tide pools were slippery. Also beware that there is a rotting seal on the beach right now that is pretty stinky and will not be removed by the park. The ranger told us that it would stay there until it was bones! There were critters to spot in the pools though. If you are young and able - Go for it!
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