During our visit to Oregon this fall, we stayed at the Heceta Lighthouse B&B. On my way back down the trail from photographing the Heceta Head Lighthouse, I spotted an Oregon Coast Trail sign on side of a post. The trail turned toward the Pacific Ocean before reaching the B&B. It was nearing sunset and time for our group’s scheduled dinner.
I threw caution into the wind – there is plenty of wind at Heceta Head – and decided to try and reach the beach on the Oregon Coast Trail for what I hoped would be a great sunset photo opportunity.
After a couple of long switchbacks, I stood on an almost deserted beach. The clouds may have obscured my sunset photo, but the light illuminating them and reflecting off the beach and water made the trip worthwhile. I may never get to hike the rest of the 382-mile Oregon Coast Trail, but this short visit was a perfect glimpse into the beauty and the ruggedness of the trail.
Here’s an overview of the Heceta Lighthouse B&B, the connecting Oregon Coast Trail, the lighthouse, and the beach.