United States Cape Kiwanda

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Greg Vaughn

About This Spot

Cape Kiwanda and the beach at Pacific City are unique among locations on the Oregon coast for several reasons. First, unlike the volcanic rock that forms most headlands on the coast, Cape Kiwanda is largely sandstone. As typical of that soft rock, water and wind erode the bluffs into pleasing formations. Second, Haystack Rock, a volcanic remnant, juts out of the ocean but is the sole sea stack in this stretch of coast. The similarly named Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach is better known, but this one is bigger and is one of the largest monoliths in the world. And third, there is an active fishing fleet based in Pacific City and because there is no safe harbor, the fishermen use small, flat-bottomed dories and launch them right from the beach.

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