Cannon Beach and its army of rocks

US’s Pacific Northwest has only around three months of predictable beach-weather. If it is not summer, you might want to look up the forecast to see if the rain...
Needles and Haystack, Cannon Beach


US’s Pacific Northwest has only around three months of predictable beach-weather. If it is not summer, you might want to look up the forecast to see if the rain will permit you to go to the beach. If it’s a good day, here’s a recommendation — Cannon Beach on Oregon’s Coast. Cannon Beach is not just a beach but a whole city by the sea in Northern Oregon and is just around an hour and half’s drive from Portland, OR.

As it is not very far from Portland, Cannon Beach is a great place for a day trip or even a weekend trip. It was on a May day that we drove westward to the coast and then got onto Oregon Coast Highway and drove south for a bit to get to the small town of Cannon Beach and its dramatic coastline.

What adds drama to Cannon Beach’s coast are some igneous rocks that rise from the water and paint a picture of the Pacific Ocean meeting the Oregon Coast along with an army of rocks.

The most famous and probably the most photographed features of this Beach must be the Needles and the Haystack. The Haystack is the most prominent silhouette of the landscape. It is a rock that’s 235 ft tall and near it are these smaller and more-pointed-in-comparison-rocks that came to be christened The Needles.

The Needles and Haystack, Cannon Beach

Needles and Haystack, Cannon BeachHere are the other members of the lithic fraternity:

All these pictures are from a part of the beach south of the town of Cannon Beach. For lunch, we drove up to the little town and found ourselves a table at The Wayfarer, which was adjacent to the Needle and the Haystack hence the view was simply great. It seemed like the best seat in town.

After lunch we walked around the part of the beach near the restaurant and this is what it looks like around there:

The Haystack at Cannon Beach

Up close — The Haystack

The Haystack's cave

At low tide, visitors to the Beach can actually walk up to the Haystack and its cave.

Cannon Beach

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27 Comments on this post.
  • Prasad Np
    31 May 2017 at 9:20 am

    They look very similar to rocks on the beaches of Thai islands but the waters here seems to be more aggressive..

    • dNambiar
      1 June 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Oh yeah? With rocky features like this? Nice to know, Prasad. 🙂

  • ruapm { xhobdo }
    1 June 2017 at 4:23 am

    Amazing pics.

  • rupam { xhobdo }
    1 June 2017 at 4:23 am

    Amazing pics.

    • dNambiar
      1 June 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Thank you so much, Rupam. 🙂

  • Ravish Mani
    2 June 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Lovely captures, Divya. That view from The Wayfarer indeed seemed like one of the best views in town. You not only have a way with camera but with words too. Liked the way you describe the meeting of the Pacific Ocean with the Oregon Coast.

    • dNambiar
      5 June 2017 at 7:06 am

      Thank you so much, Ravish. 🙂
      Seriously, that has to be the best seat because it overlooks the best sight — the Needles and the Haystack.
      Thank you so much for your kind words, Ravish. 🙂

  • Indrani
    17 September 2017 at 8:20 pm

    What a wonderful day trip! Definitely fun with kids.
    The rock formation is amazing.

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 11:40 am

      Scenic seaside indeed. The rocks are absolutely what makes this place so unique.
      Thank you, Indrani for stopping by. 🙂

  • Aaichi Savali
    17 September 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Wow! Such a amazing place to visit! Nicely captured.

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thank you so much, Shubhangi. 🙂

  • Arun Muthusamy
    17 September 2017 at 9:08 pm

    Nice captures.

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 11:54 am

      Thanks, Arun. 🙂

  • Puru
    17 September 2017 at 10:19 pm

    That’s a beautiful beach and some really interesting rock formations. I have a particular fascination for photographs taken from a window. Loved the one you took from the restaurant.

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hey Puru, long time!!

      Those rock formations are what I found most attractive at Cannon Beach.
      And that table in the picture must be one of the best ones in town. 😉 What a great view of the Needles and the Haystack. 🙂

      Thank you so much, Puru. 🙂

  • KaJo
    17 September 2017 at 11:05 pm

    I am always amazed by with such kind of scenes with such heavy rocky patches spread around at the coast. I start wondering, whether it was always like this or the sea slowly over the time eroded a very huge rocky construct and fragmented into small ones. Pretty amazing. Scenic, beautiful.
    One snap taken from the restaurant window says a lot. You have a gift to see the beauty and share it!

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 12:08 pm

      Rocks!! I have a thing for them too, Doc. 🙂

      I’m sure there’s erosion happening there. But those are also igneous rocks, I hear.
      Actually this area can be called a part of the ‘Ring of Fire.’ It’s where the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate meet. And there are lots of volcanoes on a mountain range not far from here. Interesting geography here. 🙂

      Amazing place indeed. 🙂

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Kaustubh. 🙂

  • Parul Thakur
    18 September 2017 at 12:40 am

    Wow! A Gorgeous sight, Divya. The view from the restaurant was great. I would love to dine at such a place 🙂 Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 12:14 pm

      It sure is.

      Next time — west coast, also, ok. 🙂

      Thank you for stopping by, dear Parul.:)

  • Yogi Saraswat
    18 September 2017 at 12:46 am

    Amazing Place !! Looks like paradise

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Amazing! I agree.:)
      Thank you for visiting, Yogi. 🙂

  • shweta
    18 September 2017 at 1:03 am

    It would look amazing in the rains too Dee 🙂 Nice clicks and the wine 🙂

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 12:16 pm

      It sure would. Only it may not be a great time to be on the beach. 🙂

      Thank you, Shweta.

      How have you been?

  • Jyotirmoy Sarkar
    18 September 2017 at 5:34 am

    jaws dropped…what a beautiful place !!!!! the giant rock is so beautiful.Amazing creation of nature.
    Very nicely captured.

    • dNambiar
      19 September 2017 at 12:19 pm

      Nature sure knows how to drop some jaws. 🙂
      Those rocks and the Ocean look great together.

      Thank you, Jyotirmoy. 🙂

  • Rajeev Moothedath
    23 September 2017 at 9:42 am

    Magnificent rocks!

    • dNambiar
      23 September 2017 at 9:52 am

      Absolutely.
      Thank you for passing thru’ Rajeev. 🙂 Have a good weekend.

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