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.
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.
Nice hike with wonderful trailside views of the ocean as you climb up the cape. The trail has some good scenic diversity as well as the first portion is through a dark temperate rain forest and the second portion through much more open vegetation as you gain elevation. That being said, I had trouble really finding the endpoint of the trail as it seemed to go off in several directions near the top of the cape, none of which really felt right. If time allows, you can take a side trail down to the beach on the hike back down.
Andrew C. on Oregon Coast Trail to Neahkahnie Mo...
We hiked this from Necarney Creek and crossed 101 from Cape Falcon making this a 9 mile out and back. There were challenging sections on the west side of 101 but nothing too difficult. Once we headed up the trail east of 101, the trail was in the open where Oregon Coast underbrush took over. The first few switchbacks had the brush cut back, but the next few didn't. I don't even remotely enjoy hiking through brush over my head, having to swim through, so I considered turning back. I'm glad I didn't, because the trail opened up as soon as we got into the timber. The trial through the timber was typical coast trail - lots of tall trees, ferns and berry bushes. The trail was well trodden with a few trees fallen across. A good mix of steady grades with a few steep sections. The view from the top was pretty spectacular, overlooking Manzanita.
Theresa C. on Neahkahnie Mountain
Absolutely Amazing!! Plenty of trails n a beautiful waterfall on the north end of Short Sand Beach!