Short Sand Beach Oswald West State Park
Short Sand Beach Oswald West State Park Panoramic
Short Sand Beach Oswald West State Park Panoramic

Lovingly called "Shorty's" by locals, Short Sand Beach is known for its easy trails, its beautiful walk through old-growth Sitka spruce trees alongside a bubbly stream, and its almost year-round surfing. Walk 1/2 mile from parking lot just off of Highway 101 to this small cove. Stroll to the northern end of the cove and stand at the base of Blumenthal Falls as it pours down onto the beach. We consider it to be one of the most-kid friendly nature walks in the area!

This walk is also the start of the Falcon Cove trail.

Know before you go:

• There are two parking lots for access to Short Sands, on either side of the highway. These lots can get filled fast during the busy summer months, so plan to show up early.

• The end of the trail offers picnic tables and restrooms so you can enjoy a picnic lunch with a view of the surfers below.

Young Dad Pushes Stroller Through Oswald West State Park
Young Dad Pushes Stroller Through Oswald West State Park
Bridge Over Stream in Oswald West State Park
Bridge Over Stream in Oswald West State Park
Picnic area at Short Sand, Oswald West State Park
Picnic area at Short Sand, Oswald West State Park
Sun Streaming Through Forest in Oswald West State Park
Sun Streaming Through Forest in Oswald West State Park
Man Surfs at Short Sand, Oswald West State Park
Man Surfs at Short Sand, Oswald West State Park