nature trips




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.

Pretty muddy...But an easy in and out hike with beautiful views.

Muddy, yes, but well worth it.

A nice alternative to the Short Sands trail down to the beach.

Amazing!! We did it in Feb in the rain and it was perfect! So beautiful!

The muddy terrain is definitely worth the great views at the end! Lots of elevation changes, so it felt like more than the 723 ft elevation change. Shaded most of the way. Wear appropriate footwear, and bring extra shoes and socks.

The trail the beach is a very easy 0.5 mile hike, but there a few other trails that connect and intertwine. There's lots of good scenery, including a creek crossing that emptys out into the ocean at the beach.

I would agree that it’s more moderate than hard, but I’m glad I had the AllTrails map to refer to when switchbacks became a bit confusing (the white trail markers did help). I parked at Oswald West - South and headed west, in the direction of the Suspension bridge (this took some guess work, as the map at the trailhead wasn’t too informative). All in all, it was a great trail run for my dog and I—definitely worth the drive from Portland!

21 days ago

Awesome hike except for the mud. Great for dogs. Not a bad winter hike if you don't mind the mud. You can end at short sands beach.

On a Wednesday we only saw 3 other people, which was great. Turned around at Highway 101, but stopped to see Devil's Cauldron Overlook and to trek Elk Trail. It's nice that the beach is so close to the trailhead - there is a short path to it after you cross the suspension bridge.

perfect short, but long enough hike. Very muddy in winter. One switchback is a bit confusing. Downed tree hides the switchback and people just go straight and walk down the other trail away from the peak.
otherwise some light rock climbing (no trail, just rock type steps) to summit. Great view if no clouds. so so if rainy and foggy. Nice flowers in spring and summer.

Insanely muddy. My sneakers will never be the same.

The views and the forest trail next to a creek and small waterfalls earns this trail 5 stars. Muddy as all hell though. Everyone is right. The views are to die for. You can see surfers out from the trail.

1 month ago

Awesome hike, but definitely muddy. Completed 12/31/17 and there were extremely muddy spots almost the whole way. This doesn’t take away from the gorgeous view at the end, though, which was so worth it. I would rate it more on the moderate side rather than easy, especially with all the mud and tree roots, but still a great hike!

1 month ago

There are several paths throughout the bushes that take you to a look out spot over a hidden cove. I don't know what this cove is called other than I happened upon it by chance. There was a bird watching group there that had telescopes set up for anyone to use if they wished. This has excellent views of the coast and beaches. It goes up along a high cliff. I had to back track a little once when I couldn't skirt the cliff the whole way.

Definitely slightly more challenging that we were expecting. The views are insane if there isn’t any cloud coverage.

2 months ago

Pretty easy trail though there were plenty of slippery, muddy spots. We had a baby with us so we didn’t go all the way to cape falcon but instead turned left and headed to the beach which was a beautiful & short 1 mile hike.

The view from the top was beautiful, but extra windy considering we hiked in between rain storms. It’s easy to get lost on this trail, so make sure to follow the white spray painted tree markers. Our group plus a few others we ran into also got lost and it was a bit scary at times.

awesome trail with beautiful views and beach access.

Great hike, more like moderate than hard.

A wonderfully unique view from the top and lovely tall trees along the way.

Nice easy hike with a few nice vistas. A little muddy in parts. Not many people this time of year.

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