Crescent Beach, a fairly quiet beach tucked directly under Ecola Point, is a hidden gem in the Cannon Beach area! This 2.1mile out-and-back trail starts at Ecola Point, paralleling the road through the park before dropping you down the hillside to the beach. Hemmed in between Ecola Point and Chapman Point (at the southern end of Cannon Beach), this not-often-visited beach offers tidepools at low tide, as well as frequent seal and sealion sightings from shore.

Know before you go:

• Park in the Ecola Point parking lot. The trailhead is unassumingly marked with a wooden sign next to the restrooms.

• The trail involves hills and switchbacks, as well as muddy portions so be sure to have good footwear.

• Deer and Roosevelt Elk frequent these woods, so always keep an eye open for them!

Crescent Beach from Above