Step out of your vehicle and into a place with natural beauty that truly inspires. Just a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Oregon Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach. The beach is nestled in a cove that provides you with a feeling of total privacy. Popular with surfboarders and boogie boarders, the beach is always alive with activity. Surrounded by the mountains, the beach at Oswald West gives you a sense of being transported away from the trials of everyday life. Lose yourself; find Oswald West State Park.
Mark T. on Cape Falcon Trail
Nice hike thru old growth forest. Easy trail to follow with not much up & down. The only downside was the trail got muddier as we got closer to the Cape. Wonderful view from the cape of the coast. Saw a Bald Eagle in the trees. Not a lot of people on the trail. Weather was sunshine with high clouds and upper 40's in temp. Great hiking weather.
Easy to slightly moderate climb to top of Cape Falcon. Stopped for lunch at top overlooking view of cape. The views were varied and beautiful all the way. Mossy Old growth forest with tree roots to trip over, creeks to cross over fresh waterfalls that run into ocean. How many places do you see surfers and hikers converge at the end of the day at the parking lot? It was 98 degrees in Portland and 75degrees hiking. Perfect escape. Totally worth the drive.