Otter Rock, Oregon

Explore the Devils Punchbowl Arch

Originally added by Lorene Voskinarian

Quick stop along Highway 101. Sea Caves. Tide pools.

Devils Punchbowl State Park is located just off of Highway 101. Finding the access path to the beach can be tricky since you need to be on the North side of the Punchbowl, but look for a path heading through the trees on C Avenue just north of 3rd. Once you get down to the beach head left.

You may need to hop over streams and scramble over rocks, but keep heading left until you reach the entrance. The Punchbowl is only accessible during low tide, so check the NOAA Tide tables for Depoe Bay. If you see waves coming into the cave, don't enter. It's very dangerous - so timing is key for a visit.

Once you are inside the Devils Punchbowl you can scramble around the rocks and explore but beware of slippery rocks. Also, keep an eye on the seaside entrance for rogue waves. Standing on a rock in the center is great place to take a panoramic photo.

When you are done exploring, head back north on the beach. You have a great view of Otter Rock and tons of tide pools to explore.

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Give yourself plenty of time to explore this beach. Be sure to hike down both side of the beach. When arriving the trail to access the punchbowl is off the right side of the road, the steep stairs to the left will get you down to the beach but you may not be able to access the punchbowl arch. There's endless tide pools and rock formations to explore as well as some amazingly scenic viewpoints . Be careful where you walk, many of the rocks are covered in delicate marine life and it can be tricky to navigate the tide pool areas. Step lightly!

A Must See At Low Tide

The Devils Punchbowl is unique and offers some great photo opportunities at low tide, but if you miss the ability to hike into the punchbowl at low tide, then don't waste your time. The punchbowl isn't very impressive at high tide and you can only photograph it from above.

Great place to check out!

Explored all over the place here and grabbed Clam Chowder at the restaurant right down the street from the parking lot. Lots of beginner surfers on the south side. Took a little while to find the path down to the north side but well worth the walk.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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