#AStonerinPNWonderland Adventure Visits Hug Falls
Hug Point Recreational Area – Northern Oregon Coast – Cannon Beach, Arch Cape, OR 97102 – GPS: 45.8253° N, 123.9341° W
Difficulty Rating: Easy – No wheelchair access
Our first #AStonerinPNWonderland adventure takes us to Hug Point Recreational Area, just 5 miles south of Cannon Beach, Oregon. This is a tiny 15′ waterfall that dumps right onto the beach and continues on to drain into the Pacific Ocean! It’s a 0.5 mile hike that is fairly easy for beginners, you just have to pay attention to the tides and not get stuck behind an incoming high tide!
To get here depends on where you coming from. I mentioned Lincoln City, Oregon in the video but this is more accurately between Seaside and Pacific City on the North Oregon Coast!
You can either take Interstate 5 to Portland and then Highway 26 over for some scenic mountain views or jump over to Coast Highway 101 and then travel north or south depending on where you join the highway and have some wonderful beach views! Totally worth it, I promise!!
You park in a nice little pull out with some picnic tables and some bathrooms. A small trail leads to some steps and then you’re down on the beach. To the left is an open beach and you can walk down and get some views of some haystack rocks out there. We’re going to the right though…
You walk across a small creek that drains along the beach to the point. When you reach Hug Point is where you have to watch for the tides, you can’t cross at high tide. There is a cave that goes into the point, but you need a flashlight and we didn’t stop here. Once it’s mid-way towards low tide then you can make the trip. Walk around the head and you’ll see the waterfall across another expanse of beach.
Getting to the fall you see a sea cave next to it. It’s not very large, but you can sit in a dry spot for your beach dabs! The fall itself is a baby compared to some of the ones you’ll see in the #AStonerinPNWonderland adventures, but it’s awesome to watch the water drain into the sunset!
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Late 19th century stagecoaches that used the beach as a highway “had to ‘hug’ this particular point even at low tide to get around it”, hence the name Hug Point. If you pay close attention you can see the old stagecoach road that traveled along the beach, before there was a highway they had to navigate the beach and you can see the old road bed in places. Take some time to adventure and see the old roads and tons of tide pools along them, you may even find a sand dollar or two!