I’m not quite sure how we ever discovered this little gem of the Oregon Coast. Other than the parked cars along the highway, you’d barely know it is there since you can’t see the Ocean from the highway as you drive past it. But it is truly amazing and is, I think, one of the best kept secrets of the Coast. I say ‘secret’ because when I mention it to anyone they always say they’ve never been there. ;) Cannon Beach, Lincoln City, Seaside, etc … every one’s been there. Here? Not many.
We spent the second half of our day at the Coast here, at Oswald West, just about 15 minutes south of Cannon Beach, and just north of Manzanita. You park along the east side of the highway and then go under the road to get on the hiking trail that leads you to the beach. The trail is nicely maintained and though it takes you down to sea level, it’s not a challenging hike at all. In fact, it is one of the most beautiful that I’ve ever been on because of the insane trees! Seriously, breathtaking. As we walked we were constantly saying, “OOH, look at that one!”
And then the awesomeness explodes when you get to the point where you can peek through, and see the water. The beach is so unique… it is like God took an ice cream scoop to the cliffs along the water and scooped out a big curve. So the cliffs jet out to the left and right, leaving a secluded beach in between. The sand is warm, the sun was hot, the breeze was perfect and the water crystal clear. Had the water been about 30 degrees warmer we’d have thought we were in Hawaii.
Oh, and the waves were amazing. Which brings in loads of surfers. I’m not comparing it to the loads that surf in California or Hawaii because I know little of that, but the beach is lined with boards as is the water. It is very easy to forget where you are when you at Oswald West.
Remembering back to one of the first times we took Gage and Cooper here when they were just little bitty (3 and 1, I think) and how they both wanted to be in the water, then rolling in the sand, then in the water again, I came prepared. Changes of clothes, since I’d neglected to bring them back then.
So when they asked if they could get in the water, it was an easy answer.
This boy especially was on cloud 9.
What kind of mama would I be if I said no to laying in the hot sand after dipping into the Ocean? ;) Needless to say, we came home with loads of sand in these shorts!
We stayed as long as we possibly could, and it was almost painful to leave as the sun started to go down and the light became cooperative. But with the drive home ahead of us, we had to call it a day.
It is trips like this, adventures like this, that I look back on when I need a pick-me-up. When the every-day gets a little too mundane. And hopefully now I remember that this is a relatively short drive for us, and one that I really should have no qualms about making whenever we want. ;) It’s so totally worth it. ♥
Thank you, as always, for visiting! If you do visit Oswald West, take everything you need with you down to the beach because the hike isn’t a quick jont. It’s not ‘hard’ but it isn’t one you’d want to do to just run back up to grab something. ;) There are bathrooms down by the beach, too, which is really convenient for that same reason!