Whaleshead Beach is one of many picturesque stops in Samuel H. Boardman State Scenic Corridor. A picnic area with a view and a somewhat gradual descent to the beach, coupled with its namesake notable seastack, makes it mention-worthy on 100 Steps.
It is not among my top three walks in the area, but it does make top five. The path’s terrain is somewhat dicey, and the beach cannot be reached by all, but if you’re pursuing a thorough exploration of this spectacular section of coastline, it belongs on the list. Even if you forego traversing the rough path, you can still see the massive whale snout from the parking lot.
Picnic tables are spaced at intervals in the lawn that lines both sides of the path. The step count above is for the more gradual route, which starts at the south end of the parking lot. You save about 50 steps if you start mid-parking lot, but the path is steeper and in worse condition until the two merge. The prime picnic table is past where the two trails meet, on the right side of the trail, where you can rest or lunch with a view of the rock that resembles a breaching whale.
The beach is actually a small cove, which can be very small at high tide. About 75 steps from the last table, plus three stair steps, and you’ll hit the sand. Expect to dodge typical Oregon beach debris, in particular driftwood and large logs.