There is an extensive beach and sand dunes north of Ecola creek.
These provide many opportunities to get away from the crowds, and find a quiet
place all to yourself. You can usually find a sand-filled hollow that provides
shelter from the wind, and plenty of warm sunshine.
best place to park is at Les Shirley Park on East 5th Street. The parking
lot shown in this photo is located at 5th and Hemlock. However, this lot is frequently
full, A second, larger parking lot, located a block further west at 5th and Larch,
typically has plenty of room.
You can access the beach from the southerrn
end of either Hemlock or Larch Streets. You'll be on the north side of Ecola
Creek. This was one of my favorite spots to take my kids (every afternoon in the
summer) when they were small. This side of the creek is free from the seaweed
found along the south edge of the creek. With the dunes on one side and the creek
on the other, it was a wonderful place for the kids to play.
are two ways to get north end beaches:
One is to go onto the beach at
the end of either Hemlock or Larch streets, then walk west and north on the sand
and find a comfortable spot.
The other is to walk west on 5th street. You'll
go up a small hill. At the end of 5th street is a wooden walkway that brings you
across the dunes to the beach. From there you can find a good spot.
be careful when walking on the dunes. Do not walk on the grass. Only follow established
pathways. Pick up all your trash and carry it out with you. The dunes and dune
grass make up a tender environment that should be treated gently.
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