Ona Beach and Seal Rock

Seal Rock

Moderate

4.2 miles round trip
100 feet elevation gain

Left: Seal Rock

The Ona Beach picnic area and the island-ringed headland at Seal Rock rank among the most scenic spots on the central Oregon Coast. Although you could visit them by car, why not hike from one to the other along a quiet beach?

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Strangely, the lava forming Seal Rock matches flows found near Idaho in Hells Canyon. Seventeen million years ago, when the North American continent buckled as it rammed westward over the Pacific Ocean floor, immense flows of Columbia River basalt welled up through cracks near Hells Canyon. The lava surged down the ancestral Columbia River, which then entered the ocean here.

When you reach Seal Rock, do not try to climb directly up the headland’s slippery face. Instead, ...

This chapter taken from the book 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Oregon Coast & Coast Range.

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