The Cannon Beach Nature Trail
Looking at Ecola Creek from the Cannon Beach Nature
The Cannon Beach Natural Trail not only provides a nice walk, it
provides an easy walkingtrail that connects the get-away spots in
Cannon Beach Trail runs north-south on the eastern side (the
side away from the ocean) of Cannon Beach. The northern end of the
trail (shown in the photo to the right) is near the Elm Avenue bridge
over Ecoloa Creek.
Walking south the trail follows Ecola Creek. There are several
good fishing spots along this section of the trail, where salmon
and trout may be caught.
The trail then goes along the eastern edge of the City Park,
bringing you to Second Street. Cross the parking lot on Second Street
and you'll come to sewage treatment ponds. Don't worry, they don't
smell. The trail splits and you can either walk along the eastern
or the western side (ocean side) of the ponds. These may be sewage
ponds, but keep your eyes open, you may see some interesting wildlife.
Once you've passed the ponds you go up a slight incline and enter
a small wooded area. This section of the trail is paved, and lighted,
making it pleasant and easy to walk.
southern end of the trail is on East Monroe Street.
From here you have several options. You can go one block west on
Monroe, and turn north on Spruce and in one block you'll come to
the James Madison City Park.
If you'vev parked your car in downtown, continue north on Spruce
street until you've returned to thedowntown area.
You can also go straight ahead, walking south and continue your
hike to go to Haystack Hill
State Park. To do this: as you come out of the woods continue
walking straight ahead. You'll be on S. Elm Street. Go south on
Elm street until you come to the end, then turn right onto E. Harrison.
Go one block (west) on Harrison, then turn left on S. Spruce Street.
Go one block (south) on Spruce, then turn right on E. Gower Street.
Gower street has a divider in the center. Go to the sidewalk on
the south side of Gower, then start walking west, toward the ocean.
In less than a block you'll come to a paved trail on your left.
(See photo below.) Turn left onto that trail, following the Tsumani
Evacuation Route sign. This is a short trail that will put you back
on S. Spruce street. Continue walking south on Spruce, cross Sunset
Blvd. and continue walking south. You'll go up a hill. Continue
walking south even when it appears the road becomes a drive-way.
You'll be in Haystack Hill State Park. Look for a trail at the SE
corner of the end of the road.
the north end of the Cannon Beach Nature Trail, through Haystack
Hill State Park and out onto Harrison Street, is about a two mile
hike. If you've parked your car in downtown, you can walk north
on Harrison until you return to downtown.
Return to the Cannon Beach Get-Away menu.