Heceta Head View - Yachats, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint, Yachats, Oregon

Heceta Head Lighthouse is one of the most photographed lighthouses on the Pacific Ocean. Located just south of Yachats, it is a beautiful sight sitting high above the ocean. It's light can be seen almost 21 miles from the coast. Photographing the light is usually from three vantage points. The first is driving up from the south along the coastal highway. There you are shooting across the cove at approximately the same level as the light. The second (this one) is from a cove near the mouth of Cape Creek. As you stand on the beach, you get a sense of how high it sits - about 205 feet above you. The last is right up next to the light just past the old light keeper's house (now a B&B). Bring a wide-angle lens for that shot as there is very little room. Regardless of where you shoot it from (I shot all three), it is a beautiful place.