Cannon Beach and Clatsop Loop Hike with Dogs


The dogs had fun gallivanting around Cannon Beach as usual. We took the obligatory Haystack Rock picture.
The dogs traipsed around, sniffed a great many things and found sticks. Sage thinks Mr. N should be nice and share the stick. Mr. N says finders keepers and he doesn’t care if it barely fits in his mouth. 

There weren’t that many dogs on the beach that day but Mr. N made a poodle friend and they chased each other around for a bit.

Now that the dogs had expended some of their energy, we left the beach to go hiking. Are we the only ones that pre-exercise the dogs before hikes? 

After cavorting on the beach (well the dogs did anyway), I wanted something sweet before our hike. The dogs waited patiently (or semi-patiently in Mr. N’s case) for us to make a quick trip to the chocolate cafe.

Then off to Ecola State Park (a lot of filming for Goonies took place here). There’s a five dollar entry fee. We took the Clatsop Loop Hike which starts at the Indian Beach Trailhead.

It’s three miles and normally would be very doable but we were already tired from walking on the beach so there was some huffing and puffing going uphill.

We passed some bunkers from World War II.

And made a detour to the viewpoint from which you can see the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, nicknamed “Terribly Tilly” for the erratic weather conditions and dangerous commute for the workers. It’s inactive and an unofficial columbarium. 

 Mr. N sat on a ginormous old growth tree stump and pondered what it would be like to be so old.

He decided he prefers to be young and beautiful.




24 Responses

  1. Beth

    March 13, 2015 4:56 pm

    Hiking is the one activity that I don't have to wear Barley out beforehand–but if there are going to be steep inclines (especially ones that are rocky or muddy), we do a few loops on the easier terrain first to get her crazy out a little bit and make sure she's ready to listen so I don't end up sliding down the hills 🙂 Looks like that's a great park for a hike!

  2. K9s OverCoffee

    March 14, 2015 3:00 am

    Holy cow, that tree stump looks impressive! I've never seen one quite like it! It looks like you went for a wonderful beach walk & then hike ~ what a gorgeous, gorgeous backdrop!!

  3. Janet Keefe

    March 15, 2015 8:08 pm

    What a beautiful hike! I love that you had to pre-exercise the dogs before hiking. I trust it wasn't them that were huffing and puffing their way up the hill. 🙂
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  4. Dear Mishu

    March 1, 2017 2:28 pm

    I had to look at your bio to be sure, but I’ve definitely been to Canon Beach. We took a road trip from California to Oregon 2 summers ago. There was a heatwave inland, so we headed out to the coast so Mishu would be more comfortable. Love the Oregon coast!

  5. Talent Hounds

    March 1, 2017 4:25 pm

    OMG so jealous. That looks like a great beach to frolic on and a great hike. Stunning pictures and Mr N looks so cute. Love him with the big stick and that last shot especially.

  6. Christine Caplan

    March 1, 2017 10:22 pm

    Oh we LOVE Cannon Beach! It’s one of our favorite places to go. We stopped by Moe’s Saturday and that stretch of beach was an absolute ZOO. So we moved down to Ft. Stevens. I haven’t been on the Clatsop hike though and it looks awesome. Great pics!


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