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.

hiking
1 day ago

This was NOT easy!
There are tons of roots all over the ground causing you to trip, or watch your feet the entire time.
Really a bummer too because you're missing beautiful scenery because you're too busy damn near falling off cliffs if you're not careful.
I wouldn't bring small children on this hike unless you know 100% they won't let go of you. If they're known for running away from you DO NOT BRING THEM as they can trip on the roots and fly off the cliff.
I was eaten alive by mosquitoes I have about 60 bites all over my body.
I was fully clothed and had spray on me to protect my body. There are some VERY slippery parts of the trail and In fact I actually watched several people fall over and over and over while we waited for them to pass. I'm shocked that this is listed as easy. This is 100% not even close to being easy.
The outlook was "ok" there are for sure better places to hike then this trail. Super bummed on this one.

hiking
1 day ago

My dad and I have started doing this trail every year as a tribute to Danny Blumenthal who was killed on this trail in 1999 and his partner Jack Kerwin, who was also shot, but survived. There are creeks named after the two men and the waterfall that goes down to short sand beach is named "Blumenthal Falls," however; unfortunately there is nothing that explains this at the trailhead or on this site.

hiking
2 days ago

Amazing trail! Runnable but challenging, with a short scramble to the micro summit at the end. Lush and Lovely, lovely, lovely!

hiking
9 days ago

walking
9 days ago

Based on distance/elevation this is "Easy", but with the extremely uneven surface on large parts of the trail it requires quite a bit of concentration. About 50% of the trail surface consists of tangles of large roots that have been exposed by erosion over the years. The roots are between 6" and 12" above the "ground" level, and in some areas the mass completely covers the trail. Sturdy hiking boots are highly recommended unless you want to risk a sprained ankle; poles recommended. I rated this only 3 stars because the constant need to watch the ground interfered with my enjoyment.

hiking
11 days ago

We did this trail today, a Saturday, so quite a few other hikers on the trail. It is a pretty easy trail with no difficult hill climbs. However, the roots all over the trail require you pay attention to your step. From the trail-head after maybe a tenth mile you will come to a fork with a sign that says Beach left/south Cape Falcon right/west. There is an overlook just a bit to the left of the sign and on this day there was a remarkable number of folks on the beach and surfing. So back to the hike. Out to the point of Cape Falcon seemed like about 2.5 miles as stated. Just before you get to the Falcon lookout point there is a fork. Go left to Cape Falcon and quickly you will find several very nice vantage points.. However, at that fork if you go right/nw you go to the north face of the ridge-line. We did this leg as well. This trail will, after a couple hundred yards, give you a nice view of the cove north of Cape Falcon. We followed it back up the drainage and crossed a small creek. Switched back west and inclined a little bit. We came out at a couple wonderful views from the north looking back south towards Cape Falcon. We passed a perfect tent site. Good open and level spot for 1 maybe 2 tents. Continuing we decided to turn back on a high point where a tree had fallen across the trail and it appeared the trail would follow NE on the north side of the ridge. I've since learned that trail probably would continue on to the community just north. That aside, this excursion Probably added nearly a mile to the original Cape Falcon mileage of nearly 5m total out and back. So about a 6 mile day.

hiking
11 days ago

Beautiful hike!

Wonderful! I wish I knew for sure that I wasn't running through poison oak, but that's my own fault for not looking it up earlier. I don't think there was any on the trail actually. But, I was worrying about it the first third since it was such heavy trailer coverage.

trail running
17 days ago

Good trail to run, awesome views and a good challenge in terms of elevation changes. Only knock is that much of the trail has tree roots sprawling around everywhere that make it hard to keep a good pace. Be careful, alert, and prepared to pick you way through!