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Ecola State Park, Indian Beach
Copyright: Zander Higbie - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
Ecola State Park, Indian Beach
Description - As you wind your way to Ecola along Tillamook Head, you'll pass through the dense forest of the mountain. Watch for wildlife, including elk and deer. The winding road eventually gives way to a breathtaking view high above the Pacific Ocean. This is Ecola State Park.

Attractions - Feel the wind on your face and blowing through your hair. This is one of the most photographed locations in Oregon -- once you've taken in the view, you'll be searching for your camera, too. How about a picnic lunch, some time to feed the gulls and then a short drive to the Indian Beach parking lot? This is a popular place for surfers to park and walk down to the beach, and is the only way to reach the beach from the park.

A six-mile segment of the Oregon Coast Trail leads through the park. A primitive campground for hikers traveling the Oregon coast trail lies near the military bunker viewpoint.

Vital stats: A small day-use fee or an annual parks pass is required for entry to the park.

Recreation - Ecola State Park offers beach access and provides opportunities viewing outstanding coastal scenery, beach combing, hiking, fishing, surfing and picnicking.

Climate - The Oregon coast receives abundant rainfall, mostly between October and April. July and August bring the best chance for clear days. Summer temperatures are normally moderate and almost never hot. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long.

Location - Ecola State Park is located on Oregon's North Coast, off U.S. Highway 101, two miles north of Cannon Beach.

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Filed By: Mario Vaden (Beaverton, Oregon, Oregon)
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Ecola Park, if you include Indian Beach which is down the same long paved driveway, have a wealth of variety between them. I will describe this big park environment as "one". Most will apply to Ecola. There is a vast amount of beach, rock, small caves and a view of the lighthouse. I have seen elk in the park almost every other visit. Sea life like seals or whales can be spotted from a lower viewing area. The park is heavily forested with hemlock, spruce, deciduous trees and many lower story plants. There is plenty of parking here. To get to the park, you need to turn into the city of Cannon Beach. If you enter on the north of town, there are signs to the park, or you can ask. The city of Cannon Beach is loaded with shops. If you like good pizza, try Fultano's. There is excellent coffee in a cubby hole shop. You can see photos of Ecola at my album: http://imageevent.com/mdvaden/oregoncoast and the variety of mushrooms at: http://imageevent.com/mdvaden/forestfloor At Ecola, I've met people from Canada, Pennsylvania and other places. They very much enjoyed the beauty of the park.

Filed By: Peter K Burian
Number of People Encountered: 11-25 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Neutral
Report: Photo of the Week: Mist at Ecola Beach In the photographer's own words, By Peter Burian SEE IMAGE AT http://photos.msn.com/Editorial/Article.aspx?aid=PhotoOfTheWeek§ion=PHOTO_OF_THE_WEEKEach week, MSN Photos spotlights one photograph, along with the photographer's description of how the photograph was taken and the thinking that went into the final image. Photo of the Week spotlights images taken by everyday snapshooters, advanced amateurs, and professional photographers. This week's Photo of the Week is Mist at Ecola Beach, by Peter Burian. Thinking As a photographer who lives in Canada and often travels in Florida and California, I tend to look for blue skies and sunshine before packing my camera bag. As I discovered during my first trip to the Northwest in January, such weather conditions are rare in Oregon, at least in the winter. After attending a conference in Portland, I planned to shoot along the northern coast for several days. Naturally, I was constantly disappointed because the weather ranged from dark overcast, to drizzle to rain, with a heavy mist obscuring much of the landscape. These conditions were not exactly ideal for a photographer who prefers azure skies, the rich glow of sunrise and sunset light, and the bold colors that are typical on bright days in San Diego, Fort Myers, and my other favorite locations. In Cannon Beach, Oregon, the entire world appeared to be dark, gloomy, and monochromatic with more of the same to come for the next 10 days, according to the weather report. Seeing Shooting at Ecola State Park one afternoon with Jon, a friend from Seattle, we were quickly soaked by rain and covered in mud up to our shins. As Jon made many images, I snapped off a few shots but silently wondered why I was wasting my time. He seemed to feel that the scene was "moody," but I was convinced that "gloomy" was a more appropriate description. Finally, the skies brightened a bit, adding some sparkle to the surface of the water, and the mist began to dissipate. Still not sure that there were great images to be made, I began shooting more seriously, framing to include all of the mountains at various distances, seemingly "stacked" in the mist. The scene reminded me of some photos that a friend had made last October in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee where mist is a common element that adds atmosphere to images of fall foliage. Gear and Editing I made this picture with my Canon EOS 1Ds digital SLR camera at ISO 50 and Cloudy Day White Balance, using an EF 70-200mm f/4L zoom set at 200mm to produce a slight telephoto compression of the rock formations and the mountains in the distance. After downloading the images to my computer, I found a few "gems" including this one. I improved the image by cropping some of the sky and the foreground water to focus the viewer's attention on the primary subjects. To produce an accurate depiction of the scene, I modified the color balance by adding blue (using image-editing software) to eliminate the slight yellow cast that the camera's White Balance system had produced. Reflecting While I would have preferred a great sunset with vivid red and gold hues—plus a couple of colorful kayaks in the foreground—the monochromatic aspect of this image is quite pleasing. Am I totally convinced that overcast skies are ideal for outdoor photography? Frankly, no, but I have developed an appreciation for the atmosphere that clouds—and particularly, mist—can add to a landscape photo, and am less likely to abandon plans for outdoor photography when the conditions are less than "ideal." Editor's note: As many MSN Photos readers know, Peter Burian has contributed many top-notch articles to MSN Photos during the past two years. I am especially happy to be able to spotlight one of Peter's most recent images. Thanks to Peter for sharing this stunning image. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Contact Information:
Oregon Parks & Recreation Department, 1115 Commercial Street NE , Salem, OR, 97301-1002, Phone: 800-551-6949

Additional Information:
North Coast - The North Coast stretches from the Washington border south to Tillamook Bay. This beautiful stretch of coastline is easily accessible from the Portland area.
Oregon State Parks - Oregon's State Parks offer beautiful settings for outdoor recreation activities including camping, yurt or cabin stays, hiking, biking, picnicking, fishing boating, wildlife viewing and much more.

Ecola State Park - Official agency website.


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