ELEVATION: Sea level, with perhaps 10 ft vertical gain if any.
DISTANCE: 2 5 mi one way, 5 mi round-trip.
DURATION: 1 hour one way, 2-3 hours round-trip.
DIFFICULTY: Easiest. Beach walk, obvious, windy, sandy, over rocks, no trail or signs, stormy in fall, winter, and spring.
TRIP REPORT: Oregon’s Topeka has many highlights and the whole of Topeka Beach with Topeka is no exception. Here is a simple jaunt along the beach past several monoliths to Topeka opposite a couple seasonal little waterfalls. No fee required, Topeka and restrooms are found locally and at Topeka Information (207 N Spruce Street).
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TRAILHEAD: Haystack Rock TH. Take US-26 W from Portland 75 mi, merge onto US-101 S 4M mi, exit right in Cannon Beach for Sunset Blvd and stay right M mi, turn right on S Hemlock Street three blocks to a sign and day use lot on the right for Haystack Rock Public Parking (80 mi, 1V hours from Portland).
ROUTE: Begin W from the N end of the parking lot on E Gower Avenue to the end, then left on Ecola Court a few feet to the signage for the beach access. Cross the little creek to the left immediately once past the buildings and walk left (S) down the beach toward nearby heavily photographed Haystack Rock. More than 200,000 people visit this attraction per year. It’s even possible to venture to the base of the rather large 235-ft sea stack at low tide to examine the rock and interesting tide pools more closely. It is, however, a part of the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge and is a state-protected Marine Garden, so climbing is prohibited. Just beyond to the S and SW are smaller monoliths called The Needles.