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September 23, 2005
Once part of Tillamook Head, this 235-foot ‘sea stack’, with its smaller companions ‘the Needles’ nearby, is a designated Marine Garden and part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Climbing isn’t permitted, nor can you take any living thing away from the tide pools, but gentle exploration is encouraged, just replace anything you move where you found it. And while its interesting to watch an anemone’s petal-like fronds (actually little tentacles) respond to touch by curling inwards, some people are highly sensitive to the toxin they release at that time, so let them respond to other things found in the tide pools, like fish, crabs, sea slugs, or the water driven motion of the kelp. Surprisingly the different varieties of starfish can have markedly different tactile textures; one might feel both slick and rubbery with little lumps like a winter gourd, while another has a rough surface like heavy grit sandpaper, and another... If you’re really lucky you may even find a little Octopus browsing this smorgasbord—it’s all good to him—and not even the mussel’s and limpet’s hard cases or the urchin’s spiny shells can protect them from these clever creatures. Even without such a ‘special guest’ tide pools are fascinating places—just watch out for sneaker waves and the turning tide.
Puffins nest (the only time these birds ever come ashore) on the rock, arriving in March/April and departing in July/August. Bring binoculars for a detailed view. other birds can be seen year round.
Resources for exploring Haystack Rock:
·Interpretive signs are positioned along the beach’s edge.
·Tide tables for Cannon Beach.
·Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP) does summertime onsite informational programs, and have information about the rock’s ecosystem and inhabitants online.
HARP: 503-436-1581; program coordinator, Shelley Parker: firstname.lastname@example.org
·The Tide Pool Page from Oregon State University is one of best sites I’ve found covering this area.
The beach, voted Oregon’s best, is one of the few you’ll actually find the more stereotypical ‘beach’ activities of volleyball and sun-bathing practiced en masse during summer, although with a mean water temperature of 55° most people won’t spend much time in the water. On clear days you can even see Tillamook Rock, 1.25-miles out, recognizable from the lighthouse perched upon it. More about what to expect on the beach will be found in the On the Beach entry.
·Seasonal lifeguards on duty 10am-8pm, daily June through Labor Day, weekends in May and September.
·Dogs are permitted on the beach only if leashed or strictly controlled.
·Fires are permitted on beach, driving and camping aren’t.
From journal Broadsides: Taking (on) Cannon Beach
Kimberling City, Missouri
February 23, 2005
From journal Cannon Beach is awe-inspiring!
by Elli Metz
February 19, 2001
At low tide, there are incredible, clear tidal pools filled with plant and animal life waiting to be discovered. You can also climb over some rather large rocks to get onto Haystack Rock itself, provided that it's not Puffin mating season -- during those times, since the Puffin is protected in Cannon Beach, you won't be able to go onto the rock itself. (The Puffin, by the way, is a bird that looks a lot like a penguin, but flies. You'll see a lot of them in Cannon Beach.)
One note of caution: Know the tide schedule. Almost anywhere in town has a Cannon Beach Gazette, and you'll want to look up those tables before you head out onto the rock. If the tide comes in -- and it does so very rapidly -- you could be stranded on the rock with very deep, very fast, pounding waves all around you. The Coast Guard has to be called quite often to rescue poor stranded souls.
It is a very popular location among pacific northwesterners, I'm warning you now. This means that finding alone-time during the low-tide hours of the summer is nearly impossible. I know from experience that there is no way to get a full sketch of anything in a tidepool done without several people of varying ages interrupting to ask what you're doing, or to comment on your work. People are friendly to a fault, which is both a good and bad thing, depending on your activity.
The majority of the beach is also protected from the removal of objects. Don't head here if you're looking to collect sand dollars or shells -- you won't find any, and if you -do-, you're not allowed by law to take them with you when you leave. They are strict about this, and although most of the beach patrols won't give you a $500 ticket, they are allowed to -- and might if you cop an attitude.
The sea rolls in here with an overwhelming roar. Despite the crowds, it is one of the most beautiful places in Oregon to watch the sunset -- and there's a local legend that says that as the sun dips finally over the Pacific, there is a flash of green. Photographers have tried to catch it -- whether they have or not, I'm unaware. It's still wonderful to watch.
Two other monoliths share the surrounding area, neither is accessible, even at low tide.
This is possibly my favorite place along the Oregonian coast. At the whopping cost of free, you can't find any better than this.
From journal Monoliths By The Sea: Cannon Beach, OR
January 2, 2001
From journal Oregon: Cannon Beach