Oswald West State Park

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Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping.
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,736 contributions
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This is a relatively flat 4.8 mile there and back trail through woods, although there are lots of tree roots to navigate. It leads to the end of the cape with good ocean views and a few glimpses, en route, between the trees, to the lovely beach below.

Free parking at the trail head and toilets in the adjacent car park.
Written August 10, 2022
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Wsurf3
Poulsbo, WA44 contributions
As a group of hikers in our upper 60's, we found Cape Falcon a true gem. The trail is well maintained, and you hike mostly in the shade of wonderful pine trees. The trail does have many large roots that are a bit tedious to navigate at times. The elevation gain is only 640' and the 4.6 mile out & back distance was just right.

We had a blue sky day with some fog clinging to the windward side of the cape. The wind was blowing 20 knots at the tip. The views were amazing...take the left, or southern trail for the better views, and don't get too close to the edge of the cliff.
We did run into some Nehalem Bay rescue personnel that were headed out to get someone who ventured too close and was stuck clinging the the cliff.

I've visited Oswald Park several times over the last 30 yrs, but this was my first venture to Cape Falcon...I'll be going back...it's spectacular.
Written September 3, 2020
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MstrViolinist
Seattle, WA360 contributions
Got there before 9:30am and the parking lot was less than half full. Fully packed when we left around noon. Only a handful of surfers on the beach. Compared to other parks in the area this one is probably less crowded, but there were a lot of people and dogs later in the morning.

I took the trail out to Cape Falcon. Not too difficult, but I've done lots of hikes around Washington. Some muddy spots and narrow parts, but managed about an hour each way (2.3 miles). But the view from Cape Falcon is amazing! Watched seals playing at the pools below with pelicans and other sea birds flying around. Must see spot if it's your first time on the Oregon Coast like me!
Written August 31, 2020
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JasMel99
Cheyenne, WY175 contributions
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Definitely one of the highlights of our trip! We did the Short Sands hike from the main parking lot ... it was a fairly easy 1/2 mile through dense forest along the short sands creek with a wide packed down trail. It ends at the Pacific where you can walk another 1/2 mile north on the beach to the Blumenthal Falls (you do have to negotiate a couple of areas of slippery rocks and riverbed rocks). The falls are also visible from the beach at the end of the trail. There are picnic tables as well.

Written March 31, 2021
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Cindy D
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Do not look for a fee station or a place that you drive into...it is a parking lot on both sides of the highway. Blink and you miss it. It also doesn't have a sign that says Oswald West State Park. Confusing
Written July 6, 2021
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bcasey1
Plant City, FL1,665 contributions
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Nice walks (we didn't do any long hikes) and beauties. Lots of lovely photo ops, waterfalls, moss covered pines, driftwood on the beach. Nice stop along the Oregon Pacific coast highway
Written April 11, 2021
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PattyR2012
Redmond, WA27 contributions
If you haven't seen PNW old growth forest before, this is a great introduction. Easy walk down to a spectacular beach area. Wear a mask! It can become crowded. Best to go during the week. There are other trails that we didn't have time to try, but will another time. They don't go to the beach, but apparently have wonderful vistas.
Written July 17, 2020
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Karen W
Atlanta, GA25 contributions
From the beautiful walk through old growth forest over to the cove/shore, just a beautiful experience. Well maintained foot paths. A stunning view from multiple vantages in the cove where one large creek and several smaller ones empty into the cove. Great for small children to play in the creek and surf without being pounded by waves. Even a waterfall. Probably the favorite park we visited and we did several. You won't be disappointed.
Written June 22, 2020
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syrahgirl
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We spent a gorgeous afternoon at Oswald West State Park a few days ago. We have been enjoying staying at our beach cottage in Seaside this summer and the coastal living is wonderful here!

We hiked down about a mile through lush rainforests and the bridge over the creek back to the scenic cove where my daughter and husband enjoyed surfing. It was a Sunday afternoon and the beach was filled with over 300 people enjoying the park.

This is a great place to spend the day or afternoon. The short walk down to the beach is also very doable for small children. Getting there is half the fun!
Written July 21, 2006
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rg2000
Philadelphia, PA341 contributions
Couples
We asked several locals if we should go to Ecola or Oswald for a hike. All of them said Oswald. The hike to Cape Falcon was recommended by a guide at the visitor center in Cannon Beach. We did the 2 1/2 mile hike (each way) and were not disappointed. The scenery was absolutely beautiful. This is not a very strenuous hike and can be completed in 3 hours or less. The trail starts at the Cape Falcon parking lot. This lot is the most northern mlot in Oswald park. It is on the right side of 101 when you are heading south.
Written September 24, 2012
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