Hug Point (Cannon Beach, OR)


Hug Point used to be used as a trail by stagecoaches. Its name derives from how closely the carriages had to “hug” the point, even at low tide, to get around. Now it is part of a state recreation site for public day-use. The tide was getting higher when we arrived, still low enough that we could round the cape and do some exploring. There were some interesting barnacle and mussel colonies. A half hour later, we had to wade through about six inches of water to return to the beach. There is a warning for visitors to be mindful of tides to avoid getting stranded.

Barnacles and tiny mussels

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