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.

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Beautiful hike this morning. It was very muddy, though, which made it more of a moderate hike; I would not say 'easy'. Lots of peeks out to the ocean. Families with young children- be careful!! There are a few tricky areas with drop offs and it's slippery!!!!

Hike is pretty level most the way with muddy, slippery & trippy spots here and there. The older growth forest was lovely and viewpoints were spectacular.

Wear good shoes. when the weather is wet it's really slippery, lots of clay that just turns to mud.

We started at the South Trail trailhead and intended to hike to the crest and return. Missed the turn to the crest and turned around when it was clear we had missed it. We decided to hike up the coast trail to the ocean and enjoyed it. Spectacular view from mountain crest.

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1 month ago

This was a great through the woods hike with about 4 to 5 points of Ocean views. Great trees and an enjoyable forest setting. The finale is amazing. Right to the edge of a cliff. For us it was rainy and windy but perfect hiking conditions on the edge of a rainstorm. Not crowded on a rainy Sunday in September. Hike: September 17, 2017 start at about 10:30am.

I love this hike! I would agree with other users that it shouldn't be labeled "easy" because there are some challenging spots and the drop offs do make it more dangerous for dogs, kids and elderly hikers. I did run in to several groups so sometimes this trail can be crowded. Worth the views at the top though!

Absolutely gorgeous coastal view from the top. Would definitely recommend starting early - we had the summit to ourselves, and by the time we got back to our van the car park was packed.

Nice trail. Lots of roots that tried to trip me all day. View from the top is incredible. More traffic than I was expecting, but folks were great and mindful of fellow hikers and Mother Earth. I saw one piece of a candy wrapper on the ground and of course picked it up. Nice to see such a clean trail. Make sure to go on a clear day.