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Unstable slopes and slide damage close Ecola Park

A section of the Crescent Beach Trail collapsed during heavy rain. (Courtesy Oregon State Parks)
Thursday, February 13, 2020

Ecola State Park in Cannon Beach is closed until further notice due to a damaged section of the park’s sole entrance road.

The affected section, an old repair made from compacted gravel, was damaged again during the weekend by the sliding hillside beneath the road. Efforts to shore up the section failed, and the gravel surface became uneven and unsafe.

Park rangers safely escorted all visitors out of the park Sunday afternoon. The sliding hillside also disconnected the park’s main water line, which shut off running water in the park.

On Tuesday, park rangers found a 100-foot section of the Crescent Beach Trail had slid over the cliff.

It’s unknown how long the park will be closed, Park Manager Ben Cox said.

“We’re still evaluating the extent of the road damage and forming a plan for repairs,” he said. “The land may continue to slide too, so we’re being cautious.”

Visitors still can access the park’s Indian Beach day-use area via the Tillamook Head Trail, but cannot travel farther south.

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