Cannon Beach & Haystack Rock
Named for a cannon that washed up here in 1846, this popular beach is noted for its annual sandcastle competition (held on the lowest-tide Saturday in late May or early June) and for its 235-foot Haystack Rock. The rock’s tide pools are filled with colorful creatures like starfish, anemone, crabs, chitons, and nudibranchs. In summer, lanky, greenish-black pelagic cormorants take up residence on the south-facing cliffs, while the squatty orange-billed tufted puffins claim the rock's grassy north slope.
Geologists figure this sea stack was formed millions of years ago by a lava flow that poured over the Columbia Plateau and sunk into soft marine sediments. When the lava cooled, it solidified into basalt rock but was buried for eons before being exposed by erosion. Note that the areas above and below the high tide line are protected, so you can’t climb on Haystack Rock or remove anything living within 300 meters of it.
Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce
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- Cannon Beach, Oregon 97110
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