Short Beach and Trailhead / Access Near Oceanside, Three Capes Tour
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(Oceanside, Oregon) - It's hard to miss as you pass it, yet few venture down there. It’s a hidden spot in plain sight. The Short Beach Trailhead is the most obvious, however it's difficult to know what you're looking at unless you know it's there. (Above: taken from the Short Beach access top area)
Directions to Short Beach and the Short Beach Trailhead / Access:
Scenic and serene Short Beach lurks between the tiny village of Oceanside and the well known Cape Meares, with its lighthouse and other oddball features. Along what is called Meares Loop Road, which is what the Three Capes Tour is called at this point, there's a tiny mile marker designating MP 4, and then Radar Road (so named because it did indeed have a radar station there once). It’s here where you’ll find Short Beach and its rather adorable little blob of a seastack sitting at the tideline.
From the road, the place looks a bit like Neskowin to the south.
At the Short Beach Trailhead:
There’s a handful of parking spaces available by the side of the road, and then a mean-spirited, leg cramp-inducing set of steps descending down, on what is called the “Stairway of a Thousand Steps.” It's technically not a trail - but a long, long stairway. But it’s better than the alternative, which was a slippery path down to this clandestine beach which resulted in so many head injuries and other ailments locals pooled their resources and built this structure.
Next to this pathway down sits a large concrete and steel monstrosity that is used to drain excess rain water onto the beach – resulting in a manmade yet lovely waterfall. It can roar at times, with the way rain can hit this area.
Proceed down to the beach and you’re on a bit of sandy heaven, usually all alone here. There’s another impressive waterfall down the way, and what appears to be a cove within a cove.
Indeed, Short Beach is aptly named: there’s not much of it. On the southern end are the cliff structures that hide Lost Boy Beach. There is apparently another secret tunnel there that only becomes visible during extremely low tide events.
To the north is Cape Meares, with its lighthouse visible up top. In between, it’s just quiet beach with a lot of driftwood logs, sand, and then piles of large stones where walking is not easy.
This is a small, enclosed beach and is downright dangerous during high tides or even slightly stormy weather. It is only to be entered during calm weather and periods when the tide is giving you plenty of room to keep away from logs and the soaring cliffs above it.
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Short Beach (which once boasted an actual radar station) is chock full of scenic yumminess and surprises
Short Beach on N. Oregon Coast Has Tales to Tell: Historical Oceanside Fun Facts
Short Beach, near Oceanside on the north Oregon coast, is an enticing hidden spot sitting along that backroad between Oceanside and the headland known as Cape Meares. Typified by a kind of manmade waterfall, an intriguing blob of basalt at the tide line, and about a quarter mile of clandestine attractions, there's a lot going on here. Yet there's even more behind the scenes at this hotspot found next to Radar Road. Short Beach has a bit of baggage – historically speaking.
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