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  Waves on sandstone cliffs; Cape Lookout beyond
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  • Waves on sandstone cliffs; Cape Lookout beyond - Oregon
      Waves on sandstone cliffs; Cape Lookout beyond
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  • Cape Kiwanda from the State Park parking lot - Oregon
      Cape Kiwanda from the State Park parking lot
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  • Cliffs and balancing rock during calm waves - Oregon
      Cliffs and balancing rock during calm waves
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Cape Kiwanda is slightly off the beaten path for most tourists, since it is not directly on US 101. It is on the popular Three Capes road which runs from Tillamook south to the 101 junction for Pacific City. Cape Kiwanda makes up one of the Three Capes (Cape Lookout and Meares being the other two, lying slightly to the north). It is just on the north side of the small town of Pacific City. Pacific City lies along the end of the Nestucca River. Quick aside - for a wonderful sense of the area, I heartily recommend the novel, 'The River Why' written by David James Duncan. A whimsical novel involving flyfishing, growing up and the natural beauty of the coast.

The wide beach just south of Cape Kiwanda - next to the strategically placed Pelican Brewpub (good selection of homebrewed beers), is the home take-off point for the dory boats which power out into the waters directly through the surf. To reach the cape areas itself, you walk north to the end of the beach and then go up a big sand dune. Once atop, sit and watch the waves carve away slowly at the sandstone cliffs. Cape Lookout is seen to the north, Cascade Head to the south. A great place to really experience some of the best of the Oregon Coast. Sunsets from here can also be quite fantastic.

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  • Written Sep 9, 2003
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