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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 7:38 am 
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Google is my next stop, but have access restrictions been relaxed or removed for Elephant Rock?
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 7:41 am 
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Doppelganger wrote:
Google is my next stop, but have access restrictions been relaxed or removed for Elephant Rock?

No.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 8:46 am 
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The only way to go there legally is to go as a guest of a tribal member. I have been considering trying to find a member who is willing to act as guide/chaperone for a hike in. One way would be to camp in that general area for several days, to the south, not on the reservation, then drive in to Taholah and ask around for anyone with some spare time and needing a little cash.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 9:30 am 
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Drinky Crow wrote:
The only way to go there legally is to go as a guest of a tribal member. I have been considering trying to find a member who is willing to act as guide/chaperone for a hike in. One way would be to camp in that general area for several days, to the south, not on the reservation, then drive in to Taholah and ask around for anyone with some spare time and needing a little cash.

Bittersweet. Missed this spot before it went on the permit list, but glad that it enjoys some measure of protection (the level to which it is truly protected from impact, I cannot actually say so I am not sure how positive this is).
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 2:26 pm 
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The reservation is open to the public. You can drive up there and look out over the bluff at the area if you wanted to kill some time. I doubt the road has had much maintenance so make sure you have a car that you don't mind getting scrubbed by brush and bottoming out in potholes.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 4:50 pm 
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There's a "backdoor" approach for Tunnel Is. that, to my knowledge, doesn't entail trespassing on reservation land. I can't claim to recall every turn from the highway, but a friend's parents own some land out there and from the end of the road their property abuts, one can easily walk down to the bank of Whale Creek and head south.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 6:29 pm 
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pipedream wrote:
There's a "backdoor" approach for Tunnel Is. that, to my knowledge, doesn't entail trespassing on reservation land. I can't claim to recall every turn from the highway, but a friend's parents own some land out there and from the end of the road their property abuts, one can easily walk down to the bank of Whale Creek and head south.

Probably don't want to give out this type of info on the internet except through PM, what could you possibly hope to gain by suggesting people trespass on private land?

The road from Taholah up to where it ends is public and there is some tribal land abutting the bluff if one simply wants to sip a beer and take a peak at the beach but you can't access the beach without trespassing on private land.
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PostMon Jul 13, 2015 7:23 pm 
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Cool trip report!  Access is an issue, and I respect the tribes decision.

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If you like that you might be happy to know that VW is soonish to be selling a version of the California pop top state side.

Where are you seeing this?  What I've seen says it's not coming to the US now or anytiime soon.
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PostMon Nov 27, 2017 10:02 pm 
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Elephant rock is no more, it crumbled into the sea last fall.  frown.gif

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxnfVnzfVKQ

http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/elephant-rock-crumbles/

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PostMon Nov 27, 2017 10:58 pm 
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Slugman wrote:
Elephant rock is no more, it crumbled into the sea last fall.  frown.gif

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxnfVnzfVKQ

http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/elephant-rock-crumbles/

That sucks big time  bawl.gif
I was just thinking about another visit since I was only there once almost 10 years ago.
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PostThu Nov 30, 2017 7:41 am 
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Too bad, lost part of the trunk arch but most of the feature is still there so that's great - still looking very visit worthy (Taholah willing  borank.gif ), kind of like an old mossy Easter Island guy giving the finger to the ocean for eroding him away.

Edit: Mildly interesting how some of the plant features are recognizable between the 2004 and 2016 pictures (some of the forked/bleached roots, some of the curly branches). Largely useless beyond determining the breakage point but interesting.
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PostSat Dec 02, 2017 8:36 am 
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Wow...nature at her best...Her sculptures on the coast such testament to nothing is permanent.  Your trip reminds me of going out to Shi Shi beach in January 1991 i think and when got down to the beach finding the arch at the North end had collapsed.  It was a wide arch if anyone remembers it.  I was taken  aback as I had often stood inside it to take a break from rain slapping me in the face  or photographing the ocean.  I spent a lot of time out there in the late 70's and through the 80's.  Till the park service burnt all the huts down...ah...the week long vacations in the southern most hut...those were the days!  A playground of play grounds for sure.   The streams change, log jams change, arches collapse and what was is no more. 
Anyone else been watching wedding rock.  I really think it will b a seastack in a not so distant future.  It's happening now.
Cheers and carry on

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PostTue Dec 12, 2017 9:09 pm 
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awesome trip report! thanks for sharing
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