One of the best spots to visit on the Oregon Coast. Classic views of the jagged coast with an awesome beach to soak it in. Dense green old growth forrest trail along with the wide open sandy beach. 1 mile roundtrip hike.

It is located just off the side of highway 101 north of Manzanita and south of Cannon Beach. To get here, you need to just pull off into the Oswald West parking lot on the ocean side of the freeway. From here, It is just a short walk through the old growth forrest covered in dense green moss where you will continue and cross a wooden hanging bridge that crosses a small river that empties into the ocean. After about a three minute walk down, the path opens into a large ocean view of the river mouth flowing into the crashing waves and massive drift wood trees stacked against the forrest. This beach is also know for its fun surf in the summer. I highly recommend this spot for a sunset bonfire and a couple of brews.

Pack List

  • Canon 5d3
  • 16-35mm
  • Surfboard
  • Wetsuit
  • Towel
  • Firewood
  • Beers
  • Friends
  • Boots for the wet ground
  • Warm cloths for the Pacific Northwest weather
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Activities Chillin, Photography, Surfing, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Adult Beverages
Beach
Easy Parking
Forest
River
Romantic
Scenic
Waterfall
Wildlife

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Incredible Secluded Beach

This beach was so cute, and the only other people there were surfers, so we didn't have to fight crowds to find a place to sit. Great location for a picnic...we stopped here to have one during a roadtrip and loved it!

Surfs up!

Cool hike, cooler beach! Caught some surfers in the water and enjoyed a cold one over by the falls. Good vibes all around.

Perfect for a picnic and relaxing

Short Sands is tough to describe. The best I can do is say it's gorgeous, mellow, secluded, and serene. It's great for a picnic with your dog and loved one(s). Surfers seem to like it, too. The wind can be pretty cold, even in the summer, so bring some warm clothes if you plan to stay a while. Also, the swaying wooden bridge is cool, but if it freaks you out just follow the other branch of the trail, and it'll get you to the beach, too.


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