Road Trip Day 4: Cape Kiwanda and Cannon Beach

I was staying in Cannon Beach for two nights to double my chances of catching a good sunset (more on that later), so I had a little day trip down the coast planned to Cape Kiwanda for day 4.

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

As you can see, Cape Kiwanda also features a massive sea rock, which is awesome. I can’t really explain why I love big rocks out in the ocean so much, but I do.

Aside from the view out to sea, Cape Kiwanda is also known for some hiking. I had originally planned to do so, until I arrived and saw how steep and sandy the initial climb was (you can kind of see it in the distance of the picture below.) I just wasn’t in the mood for negotiating the largest sand dune I’d ever seen that day, although I’ll admit I’m a little disappointed in myself because I knew from pictures that the views up there are spectacular. Which brings me to a disclaimer about this road trip.

Because I was traveling alone, I wasn’t comfortable doing certain hikes on my own. Not because I wasn’t capable, but out of an abundance of caution. So I did miss out on a few things I wanted to see, but at least I made it back in one piece.

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

Still, even though I skipped the hiking portion of Cape Kiwanda I had plenty of fun exploring the tide pools below.

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cape Kiwanda Oregon

After grabbing some lunch, I drove back north towards Cannon Beach. I had heard there was a great view of Cannon Beach from Ecola State Park, so I stopped there for some pictures. If you’ve watched The Goonies, you may remember a similar view from the film.

PNW Road Trip Ecola State Park Oregon

PNW Road Trip Ecola State Park Oregon

After Ecola State Park, I killed some time before sunset by walking around Cannon Beach to soak in my last views of Haystack Rock, which never failed to impress.

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Oregon

PNW Road Trip Cannon Beach Oregon

Sadly, my two-night stay here yielded no sunsets. Those micro-climates are tricky! So just watch this photographer’s video and let’s pretend that’s what I saw, too.

Next up: Multnomah Falls, Horstail Falls, and Portland!

Previously:
Day 1: Seattle and Whale Watching!
Day 2: Olympic Peninsula
Day 3: Washington to Oregon