Explore the most popular walking 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.

Took me and my girlfriend around 2 hours 45 minutes to complete with around a half hour at the top. Not to difficult but am in decent physical condition. The first 15-20 minutes is pretty thick brush (got stung by something on my arm) but trail opens up after that. View at the top is beautiful. Entrance to the hike is well marked with a sign.

2 days ago

When I arrived at the trailhead all the parking lots were full. Had to park along the highway as many others had done. However, most of the people went to the beach as the Cape Falcon trail didn't have that many people on it. The trail was muddy in a few places but otherwise in good shape. As others have mentioned there are a lot of tree roots, but other than that it is an easy hike with outstanding views.

Great views...however there are a number of very overgrown areas.

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7 days ago

Excellent trail with beautiful views! Beginner hiking family did it with ease. Yes a little muddy wear hiking boots or tennis shoes but overall a worthwhile hike.

16 days ago

No mud on trail on 6/1/18. Beautiful trail but you definitely need to look down while hiking because of all of the tree roots so you don’t trip. You get views of the ocean all throughout the hike and when you reach the top you get an even better view while surrounded by water on both sides. The trail gets narrow towards the top but only because of the foliage on each side, I was happy to be wearing a long sleeve shirt and pants. Hike was easy due to no mud on trail (however, rain may be in the forecast so always check weather trends before you go!), we even opted to walk towards smugglers cove (towards the memorial) which was a beautiful treat as well to see some folks surfing.

You get an amazing view of the Pacific. Worth the hike

21 days ago

Incredible views of the Cape. The trail is a bit overgrown and muddy. Eagles abound along the trail. Rugged and slow going, give yourself extra time if hiking from Arch Cape. I did not hit my mileage goals on the day I passed through on my recent OCT hike but it is so beautiful here I could hardly complain!

Nice secluded beach with surf breaks. I stopped here for snack on recent OCT hike. Great spot to replenish water, there are bathrooms and trash cans.

Tough hike to the top but rewarding views! We brought our two dogs, but I can’t say that I would bring them back. The trail is narrow and often overgrown which it made it difficult with the pups, especially when we ran into other hikers

23 days ago

The hike is very beautiful, but when we went, there was a lot of mud in the trail, which made it difficult for the kiddos. Be prepared with good boots! The view at the top was well worth it!

This is a very nice day hike with a great view at the top of what I think of as the Nehalem River Delta. The trail is fairly demanding- steep and very rocky with lots of roots and difficult footing. At times the vegetation nearly covers the trail and towers above head height (and I’m 6-5). Busy on this holiday weekend but you still go for long stretches without seeing anyone. We hiked from the oceanside trailhead.

25 days ago

Great hike! I took to the trail an hour before sunset. Had to boogie to get to the top—not a lot of time to speak to the snails, marvel at the enormous trees, and take too many photos of the babbling water areas. The view was spectacular, though I do wonder if I should have made a different turn that would have taken me out on a grassy point樂. Oh well.. next time. I didn’t see a soul going up, or a soul coming down. The trek down took me a bit longer because it was Sooooo Very DARK! I came prepared with a headlamp and flashlight. The trail is easy to follow with no peripheral vision due to the darkness, but the tree roots can be treacherous. Take it easy. I occasionally thought of the random Monster that could be lurking in the quiet, but chose not to dwell on that thought, instead listening to the hoot of an owl, and myself... muttering a Hail Mary in the hopes that my 50 year old knees wouldn’t buckle with fright! Very fun. The sunset was worth the tricky trek down.
Kids in decent physical shape would have no problem. Most adults would have no problem. It’s not particularly “aerobic,” you just have to know where to put you foot so you aren’t caught up on a tree root. There was a little mud, but nothing to speak of. I would not go in the rainy season unless you are prepared for mud. Might be too narrow for folks that use those hiking poles.

This is by far my favorite beach hike. I've taken my 5 year old up to the peak. With the kiddo it's a bit more slow going, but worth the time it takes. The view is absolutely amazing! The people I've met on this trail have all been amazing, and wonderful.

This is probably one of the best beach hikes near Seaside. It was straight uphill the whole time but I feel if you push yourself and take some breaks the novice hiker can make it. It was muddy in some spots this day so wear boots that are waterproof just in case. The view at the top is breathtaking (Make sure to climb to the top of the pile of rocks for the ultimate view). If you want to check it out before you go, I did a YouTube video on it so Copy/paste the link below!


lots of mud and roots.

First time doing this one and would definitely go again! The trails were a bit muddy with lots of roots and rocks but nothing too terrible. Once I got to the top viewpoint (so gorgeous btw) I opted to head down the other side to the highway. While there is a sketchy section of very little shoulder to walk along, most of the highway walk/jog ended up being on a sidewalk path.

Muddy muddy trails not moderate not for beginners

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.

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

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.

1 month 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.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

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

Incredible! Very muddy, and busy.

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