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No beach like Short Sands

I was lucky enough to visit Short Sands Beach with the Cordilleran Tours coastal encounter. It was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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Beautiful hike

I drove the 9 miles from Cannon beach to the parking spot that takes you first to short sand beach... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Matt P
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“cape falcon”(22 reviews)
Scenic state park encompassing nearly 2,500 acres of mostly undeveloped land, which is ideal for a variety of outdoor recreation including surfing, kayaking, bird watching, hiking and camping.
Cannon Beach, OR 97130
+1 800-551-6949
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was lucky enough to visit Short Sands Beach with the Cordilleran Tours coastal encounter. It was one of the most beautiful beaches I’ve ever visited but more importantly, the forest! Huge old growth Sitka spruces and amazing old root balls. Watching the surfers was...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We hiked the Neahkahnie Trail hoping to have great views of the ocean. The trail is good climb, about 1400' to the viewpoint. About 10-15 other people were also hiking up. Unfortunately due to smoke there were no views. I definitely recommend it on a...More

Thank njg191
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I drove the 9 miles from Cannon beach to the parking spot that takes you first to short sand beach and then after walking the beach I hiked to Falcon point. The beach is stunning with a small waterfall at one en. The hike was...More

1  Thank Matt P
Reviewed 16 August 2018

The Cannon Beach area makes for a good day trip when visiting Portland. I started off visiting this park by car, stopping along the way at various overlooks and scenic view points. Make sure to visit Elk Flats Trail for a nice view of the...More

Thank James I
Reviewed 12 August 2018

Thought this place was beautiful. Perhaps a little more crowded the day we went than some of the reviews suggested, but a nice little spot to enjoy. HOWEVER, some of the reviews made it sound like it could be handicap accessible or a short enough...More

Thank Julie C
Reviewed 11 August 2018

We saw two parking lots off the highway. We parked in the one with the restroom. The trail was by the restroom. The walk, which is on a well maintained trail is stunning. It's through old-growth forest along a stream. This is a favorite beach...More

2  Thank Carol J
Reviewed 7 August 2018

Fantastic opportunity to spend time in the forest and the beach. The short walk (not too challenging for the 5 year old with us) was breathtaking. We enjoyed viewing plants, trees and wildlife on the easy walk. The beach was surrounded by beautiful cliffs and...More

Thank Shesculpt
Reviewed 2 August 2018

The worst place to surf. Don't go here. I saw a great white shark here one time. it was terrifying. Never ever Surf here! Especially when I'm trying to surf!

1  Thank batcountryswatter
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

Oswald West State Park was recommended to us by an Oregonian. Our hike to Cape Falcon was about 5 miles round trip, through incredible forest with tall spruce trees, ferns and salal, and gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and both Short Sandy and Manzanita...More

Thank maryjo508
Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

We visited early on a summer weekday a few hours before the crowds showed up in earnest around 11. At low tide, there are tide pools to check out at the far left of the beach along the cliff wall and then again at the...More

1  Thank Abigail S
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31 May 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
In dry conditions a good athletic shoe should be fine; if wet, I would recommend hiking boots. Also dress in layers as temps vary along the trails and be sure to bring drinking water for each hiker.
Lindsay C
22 May 2016|
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Response from Cougar11 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there is a wide asphalt gradual pathway that goes to the beach. You access this trail from the parking lot on the east side of 101
21 December 2015|
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Response from detaildiva | Reviewed this property |
Just google transportation from Portland to Cannon Beach. There are some bus lines that go there regularly. Once there you would still need to get to the park, ( 15 -20 min. down the coast ). The Cannon Beach Chamber might... More