Thursday, July 14, 2016

Hiking Oswald West State Park, Oregon (Pacific Coast Highway Roadtrip)

Despite the rain, I still made the call to hike Oswald West State Park following our hike at Cascade Head National Park in Otis. The trailhead is right across from the Short Sands Trail North Trailhead parking lot and actually has a parking lot of its own, so either google that or the trailhead directly. The Short Sands parking lot is huge, you shouldn't miss it.

Site: http://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=139
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The hike that we ultimately decided on to do was the Cape Falcon hike.



It's a fair hike that affords you views of the beach and ocean through the trees, just don't do it when it's raining. You'll still get soaked!






The trees overhead did a decent job taking the brunt of the rain, however wet plants along the side of the path soaked our clothes as the trail narrowed.

At some point, the Cape Falcon trail merges or becomes the Oregon Coast Trail. Be mindful of where you want to stop, otherwise you may hike longer than you want without knowing it. For us, we decided to stop at a cliff overlook. The decision was motivated by two reasons: one, we were soaked at that point, and two, we had a feeling that we missed wherever Cape Falcon was and was now on a different trail.



Cold and beaten by the wind, we headed back to the car. I quickly changed into dry clothes and we continued north.
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