“Pacific Northwest Nature Photographers Events”

The North Oregon Coast, Saturday & Sunday, September 27th & 28th

Popular demand says let's hit the coast in September! Weather permitting, this will be a great weekend with a minus tide Saturday morning—great tidepool photography. The Oregon coast has many photographic offerings. We'll plan on staying in Cannon Beach or Seaside, or camping somewhere in between. Sunrise is approximately 6:10am and sunset at 6:00pm and we should have plenty of opportunities in between.

Saturday Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary and an agressive one at that. But it's better to plan for too much and scale back depending on the day, and how things go.

We'll meet at the public parking lot at 5:30am before sunrise on Saturday the 27th. The lot is located on South Hemlock Street—the main north/south street—and East Gower Street. Here's a Map to help you out. There will be plenty of parking so no matter the size of the group at that time of the morning. And Mark Hudon promises more of his spectacular coffee!

We'll walk down and photograph the sunrise on the beach, near Haystack Rock and—if conditions are good—stay for the slight minus low tide to photograph the tidepools around Haystack.

Once we're finished with the beach, we'll set up a car-pool and head South on 101 to great viewpoints between mileage markers 40.5 and 41.3.

We'll stop at Oswald West State Park and hike through the rainforest to secluded beaches and spectacular views. This is also a good area to watch for gray whales, although we may be a bit too early in the season.

We'll then continue South on 101 stopping at various lookouts. Seven miles South of Tillamook, stop at Munson Creek Falls--1.5 miles West of 101 on a county road. The falls are located in an old-growth rainforest. They are the highest falls in the coastal range at 266 feet, and an easy one-mile hike from the parking area.

Then it will be time to continue South to Pacific City, where we'll have lunch at The Pelican Pub & Brewery, right on the beach.

After lunch, we'll head back North on the Three Capes Loop:

First stop will be Cape Kiwanda, where we'll find another haystack rock and possible hangliders taking off from the high, white sand dunes behind the cape.

Next comes Cape Lookout, a rugged headland with dramatic scenery. We'll make a quick stop here before heading on.

Three Arch Rocks come next, just north of Oceanside. We'll check out the Three Arch Rocks National Wildlife Refuge for Tufted Puffins, Cormorants, Seals, and Sea Lions.

Cape Mears rounds out the Three Capes Loop. We'll stop here and take the short hike on a paved path tho the lighthouse at the tip of the point.

Finally, we'll head back North to Canon Beach and Ecola State Park for Sunset, with a dinner to follow at Mo's Restaurant.

Optional Sunday Itinerary

Sunday will likely be a half-day since many will need to get back home for work the next day. We'll make plans on Saturday.

One option is to head to Ecola State Park for Sunrise. Then spend the morning around the park.


Camping—check out these camping facilities. There's not a lot...

Hotel—Here is a list of possibilities: Cannon Beach Lodging

I booked a room at the Hallmark Resort. Their rates range from $59 up to $349 per night. They have rooms available as of August 19. Mention you're with the PNWNP Photography group and you'll get a 10% discount.


From Seattle—Take Interstate 5 South to Kelso/Longview. Take Exit 40 and follow the signs to Oregon and Highway 30. Take US 30 to Astoria then down the coast on US Highway 101 to Cannon Beach.

From Portland—Take Interstate 5 North to Portland. Then take Interstate 405 South to Highway 26 West. This will take you through the Coast Range to US Highway 101. Take that south to Cannon Beach.

Need more info?

Send me an email if you have any questions or want more information.

Suggestion for an event?

Please contact PNWNP Regional Coordinator with suggestions for events or meeting locations for the group.