Carl G. Washburne State Park

Carl G. Washburne Memorial State Park is located at milepost 176 on US 101 in Oregon.  A sizable day use area between the highway and the beach offers parking, restrooms, and a paved beach access trail.  Across the highway on the east side, the largest local campground nestles among shore pines atop ancient wooded-over dunes.

In mid-March, 2019, the beach was broad and flat.  A half-dozen ancient vertically-aligned tree stumps barely protruded from the sand, like smaller echoes of The Big Stump 19 miles to the north.  This looks like one of the ghost forests of the Oregon Coast.

A sandy mile to the north there is another beach access signed "Washburne B-40", just before the outlet of China Creek.  Directly across China Creek is Muriel O. Ponsler Memorial State Scenic Viewpoint.  A mile to the south is the access at Hobbit Beach.

This stretch of highway between Cape Perpetua in Lincoln County and Heceta Head in Lane County isn't far from Yachats or Florence, but it feels remote, with marginal to no wireless service, wild headlands and beaches, and lots of parks and waysides.

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