Sunday, January 20, 2013

Oregon coast trails

Sun beams hit the well-graded trail

I was at the coast for a rare sunny January weekend, so my husband and I took a little hike down to Short Sands with our young toddler. Although we parked in the usual lot, we noticed a little map and decided to try a different route down to the beach, along the trail to Cape Falcon.
A lovely mess of mud awaits

Gorgeous views down to Short Sands Beach

I am so glad we did. As we walked, a voice in my head clapped and skipped, shouting "This trail is perfect for a run!" Sadly, when we got to the beach, there was no beach because the tide was so high.
The waterfalls seen at the edge of the above photos

A view of Neahkahnie Mountain


I went back the next day and improvised a run slightly longer than just Cape Falcon out and back, about six miles. The sun was out, the mud wasn't too deep, and the views were absolutely spectacular. While there's some elevation gain, it's not steep and the trails are well-graded.
Me (Susan) at the suspension bridge just south of Short Sands Beach

Cape Falcon


I also noticed that this little system of trails in Oswald West State Park connects into the Oregon Coast Trail at both its north and south ends, meaning that we could add mileage in either direction-- even go up Neahkahnie Mountain and back! Of course that got me thinking about doing the whole Oregon Coast Trail in pieces, like we first did with Wildwood a couple of years ago.

Only one thing would've made this run better: if Ann had been there.
A wistful stone near old growth trees

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