A string of 1,854 wave-washed rocks and islands mirror almost the entire length of the Oregon coast from Tillamook Head to the California border. These precious chunks of land, protected as the Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge, total only 372 acres, but those relatively few acres provide a nesting habitat for an estimated 1.2 million seabirds, more than nest along the coastlines of California and Washington combined. Beginning in April, black-and-white common murres throng the islands. Summer also brings tufted puffins, rhinoceros and Cassin's auklets, pigeon guillemots, Leach's storm-petrels, black oystercatchers, western gulls, and other species, which nest on the islands and feed in the Pacific Ocean. These rocky islands and reefs also serve as haul-outs for seals and sea lions including harbor seals, northern elephant seals, California sea lions, and the Steller sea lion, which haul themselves up on to rocks to give birth, to rest, and to molt. The Rogue and Orford Reef units of this refuge and wilderness constitute the largest breeding and pupping sites for Steller sea lions in U.S. waters south of Alaska.

hiking
1 month ago

The payoff on this hike is pretty fantastic. We had a beautiful day today and made it down quickly to the beach. We did plenty of walking and running along the beach and had racked up 6 miles by the time we marched back up to the trailhead. Trail is in good condition, but I doubt it ever completely dries out, so be ready for some mud and wet roots/rocks. Footwear with good traction is a real plus on this one.

Not as busy as some other beaches.The formations are amazing.

hiking
5 months ago

Great beach to walk down and Hay Stack Rock is a stellar beach formation! This really is a must beach to see!!!

walking
6 months ago

fun trail, roots & switchbacks, it was hot in tillamook but nice cool & misty on this trail.

walking
6 months ago

I liked it. A little too touristy that takes away from the beauty of the place but I don't feel like it was a waste of time. Worth seeing.

hiking
7 months ago

A good hike down the the beach, lots of cutbacks. Wouldn't call the moderate not easy, only for the return hike back up ;)

hiking
7 months ago

Getting around the downed tree at the start of the trail was not too tough. I love the part of the trail that crosses the lake. Watch out for snakes in the tall grass (non venomous). It can be tricky to know which way to go and I ended up walking 6.88 miles instead of 6.2. The abandoned, half buried car is a little creepy, but the overall ambiance is peaceful. I did this hike in April and didn't see a soul. If you don't like walking uphill, this hike is not for you. The 6.88 (a wrong turn here or there) took me 3 hours. Have fun!

8 months ago

Muddy in spots but saw some gray whales. Great views of the coastline as well.

on South Trail

8 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

At the beginning of the trail a tree has come down and taken out a foot bridge. You can get around it if you are willing to scramble a little. There are a lot of trails that branch off and it can be difficult to know where to go.

One of my favorite places for slow, easy beech strolling. Great for anyone of all ages.

on South Trail

hiking
1 year ago

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Great brisk walk on beach.

It looked like a less popular beach with some rock climbing opportunities if you're into that, although it's probably frowned upon. It's not a very big area and I didn't find myself spending a whole lot of time there before I was done with it.

walking
1 year ago

We walked two and a half miles down the beach at low tide. Got a chance to see the tide pools around Haystack Rock. Happy to see Friends of Haystack Rock working to keep the uneducated from trampling over the fragile ecosystem. A beautiful day.

walking
1 year ago

Leisurely walk to haystack. One of our favorite places as a family.

Fun, easy, and beautiful area. Haystack Rock adds something unique to the coast. Worth a stop for sure!