Beautiful Forest-to-Sea Hike Makes Family-Friendly Day Trip



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One of the stunning views from the trail.

As you hike the trail from Ecola State Park to Indian Beach, on the northern Oregon coast, gorgeous ocean views will stop you in your tracks as you emerge suddenly upon them from the forest.  This 3-mile roundtrip hike turned out to be a fun and rewarding half-day activity for my family, with children ranging in age from 8 to 21.

The trailhead is at Ecola State Park, a beautiful park sitting on a grassy hill overlooking the ocean, and off to the south, Cannon Beach.  Our 1.5 mile hike led through the forest on a relatively easy trail that snaked up, down and around before dumping us out at Indian Beach, a secluded and uncrowded place.  Along the way, the trail escapes from the trees periodically, offering stunning views of the ocean and monolithic rocks below.  It provides an excellent reason to stop, catch your breath, get a drink, and pull out your camera.

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Almost to Indian Beach

Our kids practically ran the whole way, and our 8-year-old had no trouble at all.  We all enjoyed picking wild raspberries and examining a small garden snake as it crossed our path.  When we arrived at the beach, we had fun hopping along the lava rocks and inspecting the multi-colored starfish in the tide pools.  The day was blessed with sunshine, a rare gift on a trip where it rained the rest of the week.  (It was still beautiful on the rainy days!)

Everyone was hungry when we returned from our hike, so we sat down at one of the picnic tables in the park and enjoyed a simple lunch. Before we could leave that picturesque spot, we soaked in the view of  majestic Cannon Beach, and took many photos.  It was one of my favorite days of our entire Oregon trip, and it’s a hike I would recommend for families, especially LDS families looking for good, clean fun.

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Picnic at Ecola State Park


About Melinda

I am a happily married to my best friend and am a mother of 4 wonderful children. I have lived in Arizona most of my life, growing up in Tempe. I love to travel and share experiences and tips with others to help them create great trips. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I include LDS-specific interests, sites and links in my travel writing.
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