In 1806 Captain Clark of the Corps of Discovery described what is now Ecola State Park in Oregon as “…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed…”.  I completely agree with Captain Clark and that’s why my wife and I make it a point to visit the park, which is near Cannon Beach, each year. And, there’s no better time than right now – in the dead of winter. In fact, some of the images in this article were taken in January of 2019 – right before the pandemic hit.

That particular trip was a stand-out when it comes to weather with temps in the low to mid-60s. We actually hiked in shorts and tank tops. If you’re tired of the low clouds, fog and dreary January days in Tri-Cities, a trip to Ecola State Park will lift your spirits, no matter what the weather is.

If you’ve never been, all the more reason, and if you’ve experienced it before, you know how amazingly beautiful it is.  From the sound of the ocean waves crashing below, the wind in the trees, the seagulls, and the smell of salty air – it will bless your soul with peace – something we all could use more of in our lives during these crazy times.

Ecola State Park stretches 9 miles between Seaside and Cannon Beach with picturesque scenes from the moment you enter the park in your vehicle - it truly feels like another world.  Once on one of the many trails, you’ll discover it can be challenging at times to keep your feet from getting muddy or from tripping over tree roots, but if you take your time (which I highly recommend), it’s really not a problem. And, there are plenty of areas for you to relax, take it all in and even have a picnic.

Incredible Cliffside views, an abandoned lighthouse, rock formations, and crashing surf awaits you. So, what are you waiting for? Book that weekend getaway! Here are just a few of the photos from our many trips to Ecola State Park – enjoy.

Experience One of the Most Scenic Hikes on the Oregon Coast

In 1806 Captain Clark of the Corps of Discovery described what is now Ecola State Park in Oregon as “…the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed…”. I completely agree with Captain Clark and that’s why I make it a point to visit the park, which is near Cannon Beach, each year. And, there’s no better time than right now! Scroll down and take a gander at nature's glory.

Stunning Oregon Coast Glass Home With Grass Roof Took 5 Years to Build

This amazing nearly all-glass home with grass growing on the roof took 5 years to build at a cost of over $6 million dollars. It has 2 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms with a gourmet kitchen and so much more. Imagine spending summer days gazing at the might Pacific Ocean or taking in a coastal storm during the winter months.

This Hike in the Columbia River Gorge is a Must Experience

The Labyrinth to Coyote Wall Loop. It runs 6.7 miles with an elevation gain of 1,489 feet. It features a waterfall, lava tube, rock formations, and incredible views. It’s heavily trafficked with hikers and mountain bikers on weekends and dogs are welcome on a leash. Beware, you’ll need good hiking shoes as a good portion of the trail is very rocky. It’s open all year round, but the experts recommend day use from March to November.