Oregon Hiking, Nature, State Parks November 18, 2018
Hike This Ancient Forest In Oregon That’s Home To Hundred-Year-Old Trees
Oswald West State Park is home to a gorgeous beach and some of the most magnificent old-growth forest on the coast. To get a close-up look at these huge trees, take the Cape Falcon Trail:
Oswald West State Park is spread out over four miles along the coast and is one of the most beautiful parks on the coastline.
A visit to this temperate rainforest is the perfect way to spend an afternoon, and the best way to immerse yourself is by taking the Cape Falcon Trail.
This lush, green trail is lined with gorgeous ferns, along with salal and salmonberry.
Magnificent trees stand watch overheard. You'll see western red cedar, western hemlock, and Sitka spruce during your hike through this enchanting forest.
Time stands still as you walk through the old-growth forest. Some of the trees here are well over a hundred years old.
It's difficult to tell from a photo just how massive these trees are...
...until you see someone standing in front of one! These trees are so enormous that in 2008 when a tree measuring 11 feet in diameter came crashing down, the state decided to close the campground due to safety issues.
The Cape Falcon Trail is 4.6 miles out-and-back and is a fairly easy hike for most visitors. There's only a 300-foot elevation change, but you will need to navigate tree roots and other obstacles.
This trail can also be quite muddy, so be sure to wear boots.
The views from the trail are simply stunning, and you'll want to have your camera ready to capture them. If you love hiking in Oregon, the Cape Falcon Trail is definitely one that should go on your list.
Oswald West State Park is located in the northern portion of the Oregon coast, between Manzanita and Cannon Beach.
The park is open year-round and features restrooms, a picnic area, beach access, and hiking trails.
Are you ready to visit Oswald West State Park? Take a look at the
park’s website for more information to help with your trip, and read more about the park in this article.