"A moderate hike through lush coastal vegetation with wonderful views across the Pacific to the horizon. While you’re enjoying the view look for whales. “Ecola” comes from an Indian word for “whale.” Special attractions: Some wildflowers in the spring; good views include Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, Oregon’s oldest lighthouse; old military bunker.
Begin hiking Tillamook Head National Recreation Trail, traveling through the forest at an easy to moderate grade. Along the way ravens, pigeons, and in the early summer, wildflowers, may accompany you. After 0.6 mile there’s a nice view of the Tillamook Rock Lighthouse, commissioned in 1881. Standing 133 feet above the sea, the 62-foot-high tower has been exposed to tremendous storm waves, thus the nickname
“Terrible Tilly.” Replaced by a whistle buoy in 1957, this privately owned Oregon coast lighthouse, the only private one on the National Register of Historic Places, is used as a columbarium, a storage place for ashes of the deceased."