Photo: Where Forest Meets Ocean on the Northern Oregon Coast


The northern Oregon coast offers up beaches unlike any other. The mostly cool tides wash up onto sandy beaches where majestic Douglas Fir and other evergreen trees are mere yards away. This photo was taken just south of the coastal town of Cannon Beach, on a cliff top overlooking the mighty Pacific Ocean below. It is possible to surf on the Oregon coast: in fact the most popular surfing spot in the state is just a few miles south of here. During most months of the year, a good thermal windbreaker is needed to spend any time on the coast. It is usually only during the months of July-August that one can freely roam the beaches with only a swimsuit, without feeling the heady chill of the Oregon Pacific waters.

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