The beach north of Ecola Creek is usually much less crowded.
Of course, there are times when you may not wish to avoid the crowds. There are reasons why people gather at certain places. If you want a spectacular sunset photo, then one location you may want to be at is on the beach near Haystack rock. End even if it is crowded, you can still get an outstanding photo. For Haystack Rock photos online, visit: www.HaystackRock.org. To purchase photos of Haystack Rock, visit Gary's Service station in downtown Cannon Beach. That's right... Gary is an outstanding photographer. Tell him Cannon Beach Bible Church sent you.
There are some hiking trails in Cannon Beach that even most local people do not know about. They are in the Ecola Creek Forest Reserve, located on the east side of Cannon Beach. (Note: the Forest Reserve may be closed at times of high fire danger.)