Heceta Head

OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cliffs, Heceta Head, Beach beneath the lighthouse keepers cottage, now a B&B, in fog [Ask for #276.985.]
View of Heceta Head and its beach as fog rolls in. [Ask for #276.985.]
Built in 1894, the 56 foot tall Heceta (pronounced heh-SEE-tuh) Head Lighthouse sits atop a 200 foot cliff, directly above a white sand beach. Sheer rock cliffs flank the beach and sea stacks rise up from the waters; the cliffs beneath the lighthouse extend into the ocean like so many sharks teeth. It's a state park, accessible from US 101.

US 101 does not, however, run down to the lighthouse or its beach. Instead it plunges through a tunnel then flies right over the beach on a massive arched concrete viaduct. Add in the costs of cutting the highway into the cliffs and you get the "half million dollar mile", in the 1930s one of the most expensive highway projects in America. The turnoff to Heceta Head is on your right as you go up the coast. The access road turns downward, goes under the US 101 bridge, and comes right up to the beach. The lighthouse is a quarter mile walk gently uphill.
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, View of coast, with cliffs and beaches, from the lighthouse, with Conde McCollough bridge. [Ask for #278.084.]


Dissipating morning fog over Heceta Head. Note Conde McCollough designed bridge, center left. [Ask for #278.084.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Lighthouse tower [Ask for #278.082.]


Heceta Head Lighthouse [Ask for #278.082.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, View towards lighthouse from US 101 overlook. [Ask for #278.066.]


Heceta Head Lighthouse [Ask for #278.066.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Lighthouse Keepers Cottage, now a B&B, viewed from the beach below [Ask for #276.558.]


The lightkeeper's cottage, viewed from the beach below. [Ask for #276.558.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Sea spire viewed across sand beach as tide goes out [Ask for #278.075.]


Sea spires in sand beach. [Ask for #278.075.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Sea cliffs and spires beneath Heceta Head [Ask for #278.078.]
Sea cliffs and spires beneath Heceta Head [Ask for #278.078.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, View towards lighthouse from US 101 overlook. [Ask for #278.063.]


View over Heceta Head. [Ask for #278.063.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Viaduct by Conde McCollough spans the cliffs of Heceta Head [Ask for #278.072.]


US 101 Viaduct over Heceta Head, designed by Conde McCollough. [Ask for #278.072.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Sea cliffs viewed across sand beach as tide goes out [Ask for #278.076.]
Sea cliffs at Heceta Head, viewed across sand beach as tide goes out [Ask for #278.076.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Beach beneath the lighthouse keepers cottage, now a B&B, in fog [Ask for #276.984.]


Beach beneath the lighthouse keepers cottage, in fog. [Ask for #276.984.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Cape Creek flows through the beach that sits beneath the lighthouse, with fog over the ocean [Ask for #276.988.]


Cape Creek flows over the beach at Heceta Head. [Ask for #276.988.]
OR: South Coast Region, Lane County, Pacific Coast, Cape Perpetua Area, Heceta Head, Beach and sea spires at Heceta Head, with the lighthouse tower atop cliffs [Ask for #278.073.]
Beach and sea stacks at Heceta Head. [Ask for #278.073.]
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