Outstanding Oregon: Haystack Rock is a must-see for photographers

Feb 26 2020, 11:46 am

Just a short drive from Portland, Oregon, Cannon Beach is a must-see for locals and visitors alike. One of the most common places for the state’s best and most adventurous photographers, this beach line has no shortage of outstanding looks.

Haystack Rock is a sea stack formation standing alone just beyond the tide line on Cannon Beach. At 235 feet, Haystack Rock is made of basalt, formed by volcanic eruption roughly 15 to 16 million years ago.

Today, it stands tall in the Pacific Ocean, and the oftentimes foggy beaches of the Pacific Northwest make it an absolute star for landscape or adventure photographers.

Here is a look at the best photos on Instagram starring Haystack Rock.

For your own safety, please makeĀ sure you are prepared before heading outĀ on your next adventure. Information on how to prepare for your trip and stay safe while on your hike is availableĀ fromĀ OregonStateParks.orgĀ andĀ PortlandOregon.gov.Ā Always remember to leave no trace, pack out what you pack in, stick to designated trails, and refrain from feeding wildlife ā€” and please note that irresponsibly-taken selfies (even if they look great for the ā€˜gram)Ā can be fatal.

 

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Where is it?

Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock is just under 80 miles west of Portland, along the Oregon Coast.

How do you get there?

If you’re leaving from Portland, take the 405 highway exit heading west, and hop onto the US-26 west. You can follow this all the way to the 101 split, and head south. In total, the trip will take just under one hour and 30 minutes.

Should you be heading out to Cannon Beach from the coast, simply follow the 101 highway either north or south depending on where you’re starting from.

 

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What’s there?

Cannon Beach isn’t a small area of sand next to the stunning Pacific Ocean; it’s a large beach and community. It was noted by National Geographic in 2013 as one of the 100 most beautiful places on earth.

As the title suggests, the star of the show at Cannon Beach is Haystack Rock, a massive foundation of rock sticking out of the low-tide beach.

 

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