There is an extensive beach and sand dunes north of Ecola creek.
These provide many opportunities to get away from the crowds,
and find a quiet place all to yourself. You can usually find a
sand-filled hollow that provides shelter from the wind, and plenty
of warm sunshine.
best place to park is at Les Shirley Park on East 5th Street.
The parking lot shown in this photo is located at 5th and Hemlock.
However, this lot is frequently full, A second, larger parking
lot, located a block further west at 5th and Larch, typically
has plenty of room.
You can access the beach from the southerrn end of either
Hemlock or Larch Streets. You'll be on the north side of Ecola
Creek. This was one of my favorite spots to take my kids (every
afternoon in the summer) when they were small. This side of the
creek is free from the seaweed found along the south edge of the
creek. With the dunes on one side and the creek on the other,
it was a wonderful place for the kids to play.
are two ways to get north end beaches:
One is to go onto the beach at the end of either Hemlock or Larch
streets, then walk west and north on the sand and find a comfortable
The other is to walk west on 5th street. You'll go up a small
hill. At the end of 5th street is a wooden walkway that brings
you across the dunes to the beach. From there you can find a good
Please be careful when walking on the dunes. Do not walk on the
grass. Only follow established pathways. Pick up all your trash
and carry it out with you. The dunes and dune grass make up a
tender environment that should be treated gently.
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