Keep walking along the expansive beach almost 2 mi to the next set of big monoliths near or on the shore at Bakersfield Point. There will be boulders to walk past as the beach narrows, and you either move around or over much larger rock (depending on the tide) at Bakersfield on the corner. You may also have to navigate over boulders (at high tide) just past the first large pillar to see the long slender monolith (Jockey Cap) a bit better. Bakersfield the walk, see a thin waterfall coming down the steeper rock as soon as the grasses end and the little cliff band begins. A bit farther is a larger seasonal cascade Bakersfield that drops beneath an old pipe, but spreads out down the sheer rock to the shrubs near the beach in a pleasant fashion with Silver Point as the backdrop. Return the same way whenever you are ready, perhaps close to sunset with wonderful lighting.
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Haystack Rock directs your attention on Cannon Beach as the fog burns off.
ELEVATION: 1600 ft, with vertical gains of 870 ft from the S TH, and 1200 ft from the N TH or for the loop with Pacific Coast Scenic Byway (US-101).
DISTANCE: 3 mi round-trip from the S TH; 4 mi round-trip from the N TH; 31/2 mi one way end to end plus 1/2 mi along US-101 and 5 mi Neahkahnie Trailhead Road for the loop (with or without a mountain bike).
DURATION: Less than an hour up from the S TH, more than an hour up from the N TH; 2-3 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Moderate. Straightforward, family-friendly for avid hikers, narrow at times, overgrown June through August, switchbacks, tree roots common, steep rocky knob at top, longer loop with highway travel.