Easy hikes near Cannon Beach

It’s an easy hike through a lush forest down to Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park.

It’s an easy hike through a lush forest down to Short Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park.

Hike to Short Sands Beach, Oswald West State Park

Short Sand Beach (Oswald West State Park) — There are two trailheads for Short Sand: North and South. Both trails are easy hikes — and both are beautiful and well-kept paths leading down to the beach — though the south trail features a wonderful cable bridge. Enjoy the creeks, old-growth rainforest and wildlife as you wander down toward the always-impressive Short Sand Beach. [Note: It’s a busy place during the summer months.]

Munson Creek Falls

Munson Creek Falls

Munson Creek Falls State Natural Site (Tillamook) — From the parking lot, it’s just a quarter-mile walk along a scenic creek-side path to the viewpoint for the falls. The trail has some potholes and a few stair-steps, but in relative terms, it’s undemanding, especially if you take it slow. [Note: The trail is closed closer to the falls, which is disappointing. Still, a peaceful spot to visit.]

Devil’s Cauldron (Oswald West State Park) — Just a half-mile north of the Neahkahnie Viewpoint off Hwy 101 is a small parking area for the Devil’s Cauldron/Elk Flats trailhead. The parking area is directly across Hwy 101 from the Neahkahnie north trailhead. Other than the first 50 yards or so, the trail is relatively flat and smooth. At the fork, veer right to Devil’s Cauldron, one of the most breathtaking spots on the Oregon Coast.

If you’re looking for a recommendation about hiking trails and where to hike around Cannon Beach and Manzanita, please give us a call here at The Inn at Arch Cape: (503) 436-2082. We’re happy to give you a couple of suggestions.

Devil’s Cauldron, Oswald West State Park

Devil’s Cauldron, Oswald West State Park

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