Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Tillamook County

Latitude: 45.215780067034
Longitude: -123.974130183850
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from (45° 12.7638', Mile 261) southerly to near Pacific Avenue at Pacific City (45° 12.1890', Mile 260).
  • Motor vehicle travel is prohibited from the base of the headland north of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.3248', Mile 262), southerly to a point north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), except as follows:
    (A) From the base of the headland south of Cape Kiwanda (45° 13.0950', Mile 261), southerly approximately 400 feet to (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), motor vehicles essential to and engaged in boat launchings, boat recoveries, transferring equipment or supplies onto boats, unloading equipment or catches from boats, or emergency repairs of other vehicles or boats will be allowed at any time during the year;
    (B) From (45° 13.0632', Mile 261), southerly approximately 700 feet to a line located north of and parallel to the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, the point of intersection of said line and the line of vegetation being at (45° 12.9684', Mile 261), operation or parking of motor vehicles used for towing boat trailers or essential to boat launchings will be allowed.

  • Motor vehicle travel and parking is allowed at any time from the line described in subsection (2)(g) of this rule, north of the beach ramp near Cape Kiwanda, southerly approximately 1,300 feet to (45° 12.7638', Mile 261), except that in a corridor 100 feet in width, southerly of and contiguous to the line described in subsection (2)(e) of this rule, all parking is prohibited.
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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda
Mile 261 Reports (25)


September 25, 2021 - beattieb

Busy busy day at the cape.  500 cars parked is just a number, lot was full people circling for a spot.   We saw three wedding parties and one engagement party.  Many walkers, surfers and sitters present.  Minor garbage, plastic toys and cigarette butts main garbage seen.  read more

September 2, 2021 - beattieb

Minimal garbage was found for thIs high use area.  I have heard volunteer citizens frequently clean up this area.  However there were still dog poop bags, discarded or lost jackets, head bands, shoes and some plastic bottle, coffee cup and can garbage visible.  read more

  • End of cape shoeing new rock fall
  • Out of bounds people above cracks on bluff
  • New erosion on west wall of bowl area
  • North wall of cape Kiwanda
July 16, 2021 - beattieb
  • Sunset Cape Kiwanda, July 15, 2021
July 6, 2021 - beattieb
  • End of cape as seen from fenced area
  • Wedding photo shoot?
July 5, 2021 - beattieb

The holiday weekend was busy, fireworks, a championship lawn game, Dory fishing, and parking lot full most all day.  Heavy use.  The afternoon was much calmer and the beach cleaned up and dumpster emptied. read more

April 20, 2021 - beattieb
  • Southern edge erosion
March 20, 2021 - beattieb
  • From boat ramp looking north at bank erosion
  • From the boat ramp looking north


December 13, 2020 - beattieb

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  read more

December 13, 2020 - beattieb

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  read more

  • Cape Kiwanda
  • Mid Cape Kiwanda
  • Kiwanda bowl
  • Kiwanda shore erosion
December 12, 2020 - beattieb

Today was just a check at low tide. We will return tomorrow during king tide and write another for comparisonread more


July 22, 2019 - Linda Fink
  • Cape Kiwanda


October 4, 2015 - BeachcomberJim
The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show.This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The only wood left are very large logs both on beach surfaces and partly buried. Many more


June 19, 2010 - Rouses
Lot of pressure on the resource, however,everyone having a good time. Lots of dogs, some on leash, some off. One dog became aggressive but no problem. Some small litter but overall beach very clean. Lot of surfers in the water but very small swell. Kids playing in water and more
April 1, 2010 - Rouses
Due to spring break a good number of people on the beach. All in all a nice way to enjoy the coast. There was a large amount of plastic and rope ( both very large and small ) in the drift line. Small plastic made up the majority of more


December 23, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice winter day on the beach. A good deal of the summer sand remains on this beach. Noted that on the Cape the large sea cave continues to increase in size and a large rock on the very north end of our mile has lost some top more
October 24, 2009 - Rouses
A very nice October day on the Coast. Lots of people and kids enjoying the treasure we call the beach.The access point , Cape Kiwanda Parking lot was full. Some going to the Pelican Pub but most to the beach.The new Memorial Wall put up by the Doryman's Association more
April 5, 2009 - Rouses
Very nice day on the beach. A lot of people walking dogs. Lots of kids building sand castles.No unusual dead fish, mamuals, shellfish.Just a nice day at the beach.Sand levels very normal for this time of the year.Of course with the recession all building has come to a complete more


December 5, 2008 - Rouses
Incredibly clean beach. The parking lot to access the beach (Cape Kiwanda County Park) was also very clean.Weather very nice for first of December. Do not recall in 25 years seeing the beach so clean. The number of pelicans for this late in the year also very more
December 1, 2008 - J.M. Trunkey
It was such a rainy day, I was unable to walk the whole mile, but mostly observed from the hill. I did observe a wedding being held in early September, and the wedding photos were done down near Haystack Rock. It was a outstanding setting! There are 2 new more
March 9, 2008 - Rouses
1 dead sea lion. Beach is really clean for after winter storms. Riprap showing at each end of Cottages at the more


June 13, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
Lot of use of this popular beach. The parking lot at Cape Kiawanda can hold over 100 cars and the access is very easy. As more condos / houses / hotels come on line this beach and headland will receive increased pressure. The town of Pacific City is the more
May 7, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
It was a foggy Monday. There were 5 surfers - approx. 30 gulls - 6 cars + 1 truck - 2 dogs - 1 kite flyingread more
March 27, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
Beach was clean; motel/condos proceeding at projected pace to be completed 7/07. This development borders Cape Kiwanda State Park. Visual impact is overpowering. The Tillamook county parking lot was extremely busy. The retaining wall is less than glamorous. The children of Neskowin private school are preparing murals for this more
February 1, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
The public parking lot at Cape Kiwanda was used as a staging site for the construction of the retaining wall(a huge retaining wall)The county parks department approved the use of the county parking lot be used by the construction company.
The motel being constructed is the structure OregonShores assisted more
January 16, 2007 - J.M. Trunkey
They are building the motel - as you can see.I liked the display chart and information board near Haystack rock and The Pelican [photo]The sand had come way up onto the pavement by The Pelican Rest. and near the home's foundations. [photo]read more
  • Map and information board near Haystack Rock and The Pelican.