Mouth of cave/tunnel through Rainbow Rock
Partially submerged at high tide, the natural cave/tunnel through Rainbow Rock will empty out completely during low tide. The passage is between 7 and 9 feet high in the Spring but the clearance decreases as sand is deposited in the Summer.
View of Rainbow Rock promontory. The North entrance of the cave/tunnel can be seen. When the tide is low you can simply walk around the promontory to get to the beach to the South. As the tide goes up you must walk through the cave. When the tide is high, you cannot get around to the South beach unless you wade in the water.
Rainbow above, rough seas below on this January day.
Rainbow Rock Retreat is a family owned condominium that is offered as a vacation rental for no more than 12 weeks per year. The private gated Rainbow Rock Condominium Complex is about two miles North of Brookings, Oregon and is directly on the Oregon Coast. The Community sits atop a Bluff, magnifying the magestic views of the Southern Oregon Coast. Brookings, Oregon is just 6 miles North of the California Border. The Brookings, Oregon/Rainbow Rock area is within a short drive to the most scenic California Redwood Groves, including Jedediah Smith State Park Giant Redwood Grove, about 30 minutes away and The Redwood National Park, just 40 minutes away. Brookings, Oregon is also at the Southern most tip of Oregon's Wild Rivers Coast, and features the most scenic 30 mile stretch of coastline found in the Pacific Northwest, and possible all of the Continental US. Rainbow Rock Retreat is on a 13 acres and borders the Samuel H. Boardman State Park, an 11 mild scenic coastal park. The Oregon Coastal Trail begins at the border of the Rainbow Rock Retreat property and extends the length of the park, and beyond. The trail offers both forested and scenic ocean vistas. In the two miles between Rainbow Rock and Brookings, Oregon, is Harris Beach State Park, one of the more photographed shorelines in Oregon. To the North, is Lone Ranch Beach and Cape Ferrelo, both magnificent and scenic.
Approximately 15 miles North is the Beautiful Pistol River scenic shoreline and Cape Sebastian. Gold Beach, Oregon is approximately 30 minutes North of Rainbow Rock Retreat.
The scenic location and wonderful accommodations provided by Rainbow Rock Retreat make it a remarkable and memorable place to retreat to for romance, peace, and serenity.
Looking Northwest from balcony
Looking South from balcony. The green hill in the center is the Rainbow Rock Promontory. From the Beach you can see wonderful multicolor folds of rock on the cliff wall that give the promontory it's name. There is a natural cave and tunnel that cuts through the promontory that is accessible from the beach.
Rainbow at Rainbow Rock Retreat
3 photo panaroma using a Nikkor 300mm f2.8 telephoto lens, from balcony looking South. This has the effect of looking through a telescope. The nearest home that you see is actually over 1/2 mile away. The high mountains in the background are in Northern California and the rocky shore in the distance is near Smith River, California, about ten miles away.
Up close look at the beautiful rock wall in the cave.
Trail to Beach
This video takes you almost all the way to the beach; stopping at a bench just before the final turn to the beach area. Yes, I do need to work on my camera-steady skills!
Beach area directly below condominium, looking North. The Rainbow Rock promontory divides the beach into this Northern section and a much larger Southern section that goes all the way to Harris Beach State Park (See the last picture on this page for a shot of the more expansive beach to the South of the Rainbow Rock promontory). There are rarely many people on the beach. On many afternoons you will have the beach to yourself.
Beach to the South of the Rainbow Rock promontory, just as the tide is moving out.
This is the far North end of the beach.
Looking North toward the South-entrance of the cave through Rainbow Rock.
More pictures of the Rainbow Rock beach.
Trail to beach from condominium. This is about 15 feet above the beach, and about 20 feet from where the trail ends on the beach. text.
Rainbow Rock Beach looking North to the beach below the condominium. The condominium is hidden by the Rainbow Rock Promontory in the foreground to the extreme right.
Rainbow Rock and Rainbow Rock Promontory
This Rocky area offers great tide pool exploring when the tide is at it's lowest. Look for sea otters in this area.