Ride to Fort Stevens State Park - Part 2
And hike out to Cape Falcon
There was just too much to see in one day the first time we went
Hammond, Oregon - 9/29/10
Fort Stevens and Fort Columbia guarded the entrance to the Columbia River.
These installations have been here for well over 100 years but were most active during
World War II. Fort Stevens was fired on in 1942 by a Japanese submarine. The crew
shot and missed 6 times. The Museum here has artifacts on display dating back to
the Civil War years. The weather and salt air have taken their toll on these concrete
structures but it's very interesting walking around here and viewing this slice of history.
Fort Columbia from across the Columbia River.
Cape Disappointment from across the Columbia River.
Cedar replica of an Indian Longhouse built by the Clatsop Indians
back in Lewis and Clark times. These were used for communal living shelters.
A nice view of the Columbia River looking towards the 101 bridge in Warrenton.
The view East along the Columbia River. In the center are the remains of the pier
used for mine laying operations to protect the river. There was a nice breeze on this
warm Fall day at the coast.
The site of the Fort Stevens barracks. The wooden structures were quite large.
What remains are the concrete foundations for the boiler and bathrooms.
It was interesting to see an artillery piece at a fort that was essentially
designed to protect against naval attacks.
A 5 mile round trip hike to Cape Falcon.
Oswald West State Park near Cannon, Beach, Oregon
The beach at Smugglers Cove taken about half way up the trail
Cape Falcon. Some really incredible views out here on a gorgeous Fall day.
A view of where we just were from up highway 101 a few miles. Note that the
fog has rolled back in so we got out of the forest just in time.
Dinner at the Elderberry Inn on the Sunset Highway and then head for home.
First trip to Fort Stevens
Ride to Sisters, Oregon and McKenzie Pass