What To Expect When Visiting Cape Kiwanda
Hello fellow travelers! Wow, it has been a hot minute since I have written here. Don’t worry, although I haven’t been writing, I have most certainly been exploring. I will be catching up on all of our recent adventures as soon as I can, but first I’ll share about our trip to Cape Kiwanda!
Often enough, when we get visitors, they want to travel to Haystack Rock. When our friends Kirsten and Caleb came to visit, they wanted us to choose a location we hadn’t traveled to yet. I had heard that Haystack Rock had a sister not too far from Cannon Beach, so we decided to pay her a visit!
The area has a stunning landscape, with high sand dunes, amber-colored sandstone, and bright turquoise waters near the shore. There are even tide pools to explore if you visit during the right time of day!
Cape Kiwanda offers some incredible views from all of the designated viewpoints, but some of the best views require a little extra leg work. When you arrive, you will definitely noticed the large sand dune at the end of the beach. Caleb and Adam started climbing it almost immediately, where as Kirsten and I were more hesitant. While they climbed to the top, she and I decided we would go to the viewpoints instead.
Photos can’t even do this area the justice it deserves. We spent quite some time watching the water create some impressive waves that crashed along the shore. Eventually, Caleb and Adam climbed down the sand dune and told us we had to come up with them to the top. They promised the hike up would be worth the effort. I’m not going to lie, I had to stop a couple of times climbing up! If you have any heart problems or have difficulty climbing, I wouldn’t recommend hiking up the dune. But they were right, the climb was worth it.
Each year, more and more people are visiting Cape Kiwanda. Because of its stunning beauty, travelers and photographers want to roam around the area. Unfortunately, the sandstone cliffs are not as stable as they look, and several people have died. Because of this, there are now signs and a pretty unthreatening fence that is meant to deter people from walking near the ledges. In the warmer months, there is a patrol group that walks the area to make sure people are safe.
I by no means recommend that you cross this fence, but man was this area beautiful. If you do choose to cross the fence, know you are taking a risk, both for your safety and in the possibility you may get a ticket. I won’t lie that the beauty outweighed the risk for me, in that moment.