Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually.

People enjoying a great weekend at Haystack Rock

People enjoying a great weekend at Haystack Rock

Signs by the tide pools

Signs by the tide pools

Haystack Rock rises 235 feet above the beach and is a nesting site for many sea birds including terns and puffins. When I was there, many photographers were set up on the beach photographing the birds. Haystack Rock can be reached by foot during low tide and a lot of people like to view sea life in the tide pools around all of the smaller rocks. There are usually very large starfish, sea anemones, sea urchins and crabs.

Haystack Rock and The Needles, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles

Seagull perched on rock with The Needles in the background, Cannon Beach, Oregon

Seagull perched on rock with The Needles in the background

While I was there, they had some record highs, it was in the 80s, and typically the average high for May is about 59 degrees. This brought a flood of visitors from Portland who wanted enjoy a nice day at the beach. There were many dogs on the beach having their fun too. The ocean is just mesmerizing and I love watching the waves, but when you visit Cannon Beach, there is so much more to look at. Enjoy some photos from my weekend, you can click a photo to launch the gallery and larger size.

6 thoughts on “Cannon Beach, Oregon

    1. The Travel Wench Post author

      Thanks Kathi – The tide pools are very interesting and so full of life, I only took one snapshot this trip since there were so many people out. My favorites are the colorful starfish.

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  1. Erika

    I stopped by your site and surfed around a bit today and was so pleased to see some wonderful posts and pictures of Oregon! It is a good reminder that there are so many wonderful things in my home state and that I don’t have to run abroad to see something truly beautiful.
    I look forward to surfing your blog a bit more.

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    1. The Travel Wench

      Thanks for stopping by Erika and I’m glad we got connected on Facebook! You have a great blog, unique experiences. I’m looking forward to reading more on your blog too. You are a long way from Oregon, which is a beautiful state. The ocean is so beautiful, I could watch it for hours, but the sunsets are the best. Oregon does have a lot of variety to it, which is nice depending on what you feel like doing and/or seeing.

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