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Tide Pools at Seal Rock



Photo Courtesy of Ricardo Small





Description: Let's catch one of the lowest tides of the year (-2.5) at Seal Rock north of Waldport. This beach has the best tide pools on the Oregon Coast with several areas to scramble and picnic. We will have two inter-tidal experts along to answer questions and point out unique tide pool life. Bring your lunch, rubber-boots, a walking stick for balance on slippery rocks, cameras, and binoculars if you have them. We will enjoy our lunch overlooking Elephant Rock and the coastal panorama.

Difficulty: Easy, minimal distance, Families are welcome on this outing.

Elevation Gain: 40 ft. down from the parking lot to the beach

Preparation: Bring plenty of water, lunch, rain jacket, an extra layer of clothing, sun hat, sunscreen, and water-resistant hiking boots.  I really recommend a walking stick for the tide pool rocks.

Dog Policy: This is a no dog outing.

More Information: This will be about a two hour drive so we will all need to carpool. Please share expenses with your driver.


About us: The Many Rivers Group is affiliated with State and National Sierra Club organizations.  The Sierra Club is the oldest and largest grass-roots environmental organization in the country, with nearly a million members and supporters nationwide.  The Many Rivers Group is an all-volunteer organization that represents Sierra Club members in Douglas, Coos, and Lane counties.  Please let us know us if you would like to join our our conservation and environmental protection efforts.

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  • Joe S.

    Unique marine environment; the kind of thing one would not ordinarily get to see. Ideally, I would have preferred something more physically active (more of a hike...)

    June 17, 2014

    • Lon O.

      HI Joe,

      June 18, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Yes, maybe we could do the Hobbit Trail loop near Hecate Head that includes the inland ponds, the light house, and the beach hike back. I would be more than happy to be your mentor on such a hike if you would be interested in becoming an outings' leader.

      June 18, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    Awesome time

    June 17, 2014

  • Pam M.

    fun day and it was great having tide pool experts to answer questions.

    1 · June 15, 2014

  • Andrea

    I was looking forward to going, but it looks like i won't make it this time

    June 14, 2014

  • ying

    David and I are going to be in yaharts on Sunday and monday. We signed up to join you all at seal rock for the tide pool event but will not be car pooling with you from Eugene. Would it be OK? Where do we meet you at seal rock?

    June 14, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Ying we plan to be at Seal Rock State Beach by 10 am in the morning. That is a free no charge State Park and parking lot about 5 miles north of Waldport.

      June 14, 2014

  • Linda K.

    Sorry to miss it. I'm going to Seattle on a garden tour.

    June 10, 2014

  • Joe S.

    I enjoyed hikes with Sierra Club during my 20 years of living in PDX. Lookin' forward to getting to know places /people in Eugene based group, more....

    1 · May 2, 2014

  • claire b.

    can't wait!!!!!!!!!!

    April 28, 2014

  • Lyn D.

    I'll be camping Sat night on some friends' land near Yachats. Should I meet you in the Seal Rock parking lot, or (guessing about 10:00 a.m.)? (There is also a nice beach walk to the north side of Seal Rock from a little parking lot on Curtis Lane a bit above Seal Rock, in case anyone is interested). (I have a speedway blue Toyota Matrix, easy to spot).

    April 26, 2014

    • Lon O.

      Hi Lyn Yes we will be arriving at about 10 am. One group will go north and one will go south to the tide pools. We have two guides along. See you there.

      April 26, 2014

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