North Oregon Coast Indian Beach at Cannon Beach, historically and film acclaimed

North Oregon Coast Indian Beach at Cannon Beach, historically and film acclaimed

Posted 3/11/22 6:45 PM PST
By the staff of the Oregon Coast Beach Connection

(Cannon Beach, Oregon) – At the northern end of Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach, another 1.5 miles past the main section of the park, you’ll find a crescent-shaped beach filled with cobblestones, where a amazing view of Tillamook Rock Lighthouse and many rock shapes hold tight and get slammed by big waves. The parking lot and a slightly lower viewpoint are your first introduction to this amazing place.

Look for signs to Indian Beach.

This semi-circle of Oregon’s famous North Shore is surrounded by two headlands, with perhaps a quarter mile of walking area. There are many viewpoints here, but there is also history. Part of Hollywood history.

From there, “Goonies Rock” is obvious – the big rock over there with the gaping hole in it, made famous by, well, a misunderstanding or something. That iconic scene from the movie where the ship wanders into a giant hole wasn’t actually filmed on the Oregon Coast – although huge chunks of the film were. This scene with the huge gap was from a rock structure in California, where this whole scene was made. The rock here at Cannon Beach was given the name Goonies Rock because, well, it got stuck for some reason.

There were plenty of iconic moments in Goonies filmed at Ecola State Park, including the giant main lookout where you look down on Crescent Beach, and it’s where the Fratelli’s lighthouse and home were built by the film crew ( yet no structure existed there before or after the film.)

Cannon Beach’s famous Haystack Rock is actually used a few times in the movie and should probably be called Goonies Rock along with its real name.

Really captured on celluloid at Indian Beach was the final scene from the original Point Break movie, where it’s allegedly a famous surfing beach in Australia. The magic of movie editing is used in an interesting way in this scene, where it starts with Keanu Reeves’ character walking on Wheeler train tracks and then down a forest path. From there, it cuts it to emerge at Indian Beach, making for an interesting “whoa” moment for those familiar with both locations.

Indian Beach was also made famous in the first Twilight movie, where a surf scene set in Forks, Washington is actually the parking lot for this beach. Goonies Rock is actually visible from the stage.

The higher tides at Indian Beach make it a small and dangerous place, with little sand to cross. Still, it’s fascinating and a good place to watch storms from above.

Low tides make Indian Beach quite a wide and fun stretch of sand, and you can peek into some interesting secret sections at the northern tip. To get to Indian Beach, enter Ecola State Park and follow the signs.

Some of the best bits of Oregon Coast history are practically screaming in your face as you look west: the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, or Terrible Tilly as it’s known. It’s the closest you can get to atmospheric and slightly eerie beauty, a remote, jagged rock that started life as a lighthouse in the 1880s and continued until the 1950s. went through several periods of decay, interspersed with being a columbarium – a place to keep the ashes of the dead. Uncover the misty mysteries of an Oregon lighthouse: Tillamook Rock

Historically, Ecola State Park has occasionally crossed the ring. Massive landslides have cut it off from visitors every five to ten years, it seems, with one particularly catastrophic landslide in the early 1960s when a girl went missing.

The area also saw a murder in the late 1990s when a couple got into a fight and the woman accidentally pushed her boyfriend to his death along a trail here.

The park really got its start in the 1930s as Highway 101 was being completed, but the state wasn’t quite in vogue to promote the Oregon Coast until de many facilities are installed, usually by the Civilian Conservation Corps. It finally happened around 1937, and that’s when an Oregon Daily Journal article written by Herbert Lundy describes an early visit to Ecola State Park. At the time, Route 101 was not fully connected, as the bridge near Short Sand Beach had yet to be built. He had to drive up and around Highway 53 to get to Cannon Beach (which had only had that name for barely 20 years at this point).

Lundy describes winter waves hitting the offshore lighthouse – still in use – with waves sometimes as high as Ecola’s main viewpoint. It’s about a place that was much more rugged and untamed back then, and some sites you can’t see now, but many that are familiar, even timeless.

“Closer to the coast were rocks almost covered with bulky brown sea lions, lazy in the sun. Tillamook Head to the north is mostly within the boundaries of Ecola State Park. Spruce and hemlock grow profusely throughout the region, their branches twisting into grotesque shapes when exposed to the wind.

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