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Latitude: 45° 45.595' N
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ust a quarter mile from any of the parking areas to the beach, yet the rigors of everyday life are stripped away by the time your feet hit the sand. Although the walk is short, there are several different trails to the beach and lead you to the Cape Falcon overlook or to the Pacific Coast Trail. Be sure to pick up a map on the way into the park. All of the trails to the beach are through a mature forest; one trail follows the winding path of the Short Sands creek. This trail gives way to the spectacular view of the ocean and the creek meeting. This is your first glimpse of the ocean and Short Sands beach.
WalkLong walk (>30 mn)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
DirectionRight and left
Normal lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good day length
Good swell direction
Good wind direction
Swell sizeStarts working at 1.5m-2m /5ft-6ft and holds up to 2.5m+ / 8ft+
Best tide positionMid and high tide
Best tide movement
Week crowdFew surfers
Week-end crowdUltra crowded
Longboard or shortboard spot in an utterly beautiful setting, however waves have a tendency to be either diminutive (where your longer stick comes in handy) or rather big close-out (rare). Lots of folks out on a summer weekend, especially beginners. Don't bother if you're easily frustrated.
By Anonymous , 18-12-2008
Short Sands is Epic - Well... not all the time :) But this place seriously goes off when the wind and waves are right. This is one of the most consistent spots in Oregon on a North wind. This place is mostly a longboard wave, despite all the thrusters in the water. I recently moved from Oregon to Cali, and I get many more days of surfing down here, but I will never forget all those head high days at Shorties with only a handful of guys out. Being an Oregon surfer is tough with all the weather, driving, and blown out days, but it does get epic on the right days. Aloha!!!
By Anonymous , 19-07-2008
Camping Grounds Closed - Just a heads up to travelers. The campground at Short Sands/Oswald West is closed for the season, and maybe longer, due to potentially dangerous old growth trees.
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