OR – FACE ROCK STATE SCENIC VIEWPOINT

Location: OR  –  FACE ROCK STATE SCENIC VIEWPOINT
       Directions: From Bandon OR, head south on US 101. Turn right onto Seabird Drive. At the end of Seabird Drive (less than a half-mile from US 101), turn right onto Beach Loop Drive. The parking lot for the viewpoint is less than three-fourths mile on your left.
       Misc. Info: Restrooms are available at this location. We enjoyed eating dinner at the Wheelhouse Restaurant in Old Town Bandon and our accommodations at the Best Western Inn at Face Rock.
Date of Visit: Mid May 2014

       Conditions: Mostly sunny; Full sun
       Time of day: Late day; Morning the next day
       Photography: After 3 days of driving south along the Oregon coast in mostly cloudy or rainy conditions, it was finally nice to see a substantial amount of blue sky when my wife and I got to Bandon OR. At the south end of the viewpoint parking lot, there are steps that go down to the beach. Opportunities with late-day light were good from both the viewpoint and the beach (above left). With morning light, I found better opportunities from the beach than from the viewpoint. Directly under the viewpoint, there is a cave (above right) that provided a framing option. (Just be careful that you don’t get trapped there by an in-coming tide.)