Hike Difficulty: easy
Hike Length: 1.17 mi
Elevation Gain: 308 ft
Time: 1 hr 19 mins
I went with a friend to the Oregon coast for the weekend to stay in a yurt and hike some new trails. Our first stop was Sisters Rocks State Park near Port Orford. The entire Oregon coast is littered with the remnants of lava flows from millions of years ago. The basalt outcroppings have eroded over the years into a unique mix of islands, columns, caves, and other formations to explore. Sisters Rocks State Park includes the three monoliths that sit right off the highway, the largest of which has a long sea cave.
The hike itself was short and very beautiful. We came to the coastline on the right day because the weather was pleasant and the sky was partly cloudy. The trail leads straight to the entrance to the sea cave, which is in a hole in the side of the biggest sister. Experience it (sort of) for yourself:
We went right between high and low tide, so it made me wonder how much lower the water would’ve been a few hours later — probably not low enough to safely explore the caves. Nevertheless, it was a very cool place that I felt not many people visit.