Explore the most popular hiking trails in Oswald West State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Still very muddy, dress appropriately and wear shoes that can take a beating. Hiked it both ways from one parking lot to the other and back, one way takes about 2 hours at regular speed. Make sure to take the 0.1 mile side-trip at the parking lot near the ocean - there's a beautiful lookout point! Top part can be covered with clouds, so carrying a rainjacket is a good idea.

Wonderful hike with early elevation gain giving you amazing views of the coast. Busy 5/12/18 making an already muddy trail a slogfest. A scramble at the top gives you an amazing view of the coast and surrounding city so worth the 2000 ft climb.

We backpacked this trail and finished in two days total. We went early May and the weather was perfect. Some of the trail is overgrown and there are multiple patches of mud. If you wear a breathable long sleeve tee, pants and reliable hiking shoes, you should be good to go.
There are very few spots to set up camp if you’re planning on staying overnight, however Short Sands beach is strict about no overnight camping, so don’t plan on staying there. Follow the small blue markers for the Oregon Coast Trail. At the end, we hiked hwy101 and skipped Neahkahnie Mountain.

Nice trail lots of roots. Not very good drainage, lots of mud pits once you are far enough out on the headland there are nice views but not all that unique and really not as great as views from cape lookout or mears

Didn't have enough time to hike the entire trail so we just did the first part down to the beach. Anyone who does this trail should stop there: it's gorgeous. At the far side of the beach there's a nice waterfall and some tidepools. Go early though cause it was already pretty busy at 11AM. Popular spot for surfers too.

Gorgeous, sweeping views. Go!

Nice hike

Be prepared for mud! Great hike though. Kicked our butts. Loved the breaks of scenery.

This was a small surfing cove. Really neat driftwood to climb and photograph but the beach as well as the trail to get down there is slightly ugly.

26 days ago

I think it belongs somewhere between easy and moderate. Decent elevation gain so does require some exertion. Muddy right now but not too bad. Pleasant to be covered by trees 90% if the trail so not too hot. Amazing view.

27 days ago

Fun hike! Still very (very) muddy, but worth it for the view! Definitely recommend going early in the day because it does get quite busy.

Lots of roots and mud, plus lots of mini slides throughout the trail making it a difficult trek. The incline was steady and the views were beautiful.

Just did this section hike of the Oregon Coast Trail on Spring Break - was super fun, but also pretty challenging! Tons of roots to watch out for, and was SUPER muddy this time of year (though others we talked to said that parts of this trail are always muddy). Was overgrown out around Cape Falcon, and we must have been some of the earlier hikers through this area, because there were multiple trees blown down across the path that caused us to do a little "ad libbing" over and around them. Muddiest section of the path was after Cape Falcon and into Short Sands, probably because that path is more used. Awesome views, super cool forests, and you can stop at Short Sands for a beach break if you want. Be warned, the hike up out of Short Sands on the Elk Flats trail is super steep right away, levels off in the middle, and then is steep again up to Hwy 101. You can choose to do the hike up and over Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain if you want once you reach the end of the Elk Flats trail at 101, but we were too beat to do it, so we skipped the Mountain and hiked on the road until we got to Neah-Kah-Nie Meadows, where we walked through (steep) neighborhood streets to get to Manzanita.

1 month ago

A gorgeous springtime muddy hike. Ankle deep in mud in some places, but the view was worth it!!

Incredible! Very muddy, and busy.

Incredible! But, busy.

Well maintained trail with continuous elevation gain. Very muddy even on a nice day after the rainy season. Lots of roots on this trail so watch your feet! Views from the top are nothing but breathtaking. Everyone I met on the trail was extremely friendly as well which is always a plus.

I'd rate this moderate rather than easy. Not long, but the footing gets complicated between LOTS of mud, slippery rocks and tree roots everywhere. Not bad for my husband and I, but I look at 'Easy' with aging parents and small children in mind. They would have struggled.

2 months ago

I did the south trail today!! It hailed, rained and snowed up there! I love it, easy hike if you're fit! Will totally do it in the spring again.

3 months ago

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 to the beach is a very easy 0.5 mile hike, but there are a few other trails that connect and intertwine. Easy and beautiful.

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!

3 months 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.

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