Hidden Beach on the Oregon Coast

I wrote about a secret beach on Pender Island in October 2013: “The Public Market and the Secret Beach”, at a location I swore not to disclose. This beach is not like that. It’s nestled between two big headlands, Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on the south and Cape Falcon on the north, in a hidden cove. It is Short Sand Beach, a half-mile hike from the highway, in Oswald West State Park, less than 6 miles up US 101 from the coastal town of Manzanita.

short sand beach

Short Sand Beach, sits cozily between Neah-Kah-Nie mountain (south), and Cape Falcon (north)

One afternoon we wandered down the trail to the beach.  It was early June.  The sun had finally burnt off most of the low clouds, the air was comfortably warm for the first time in at least a week, or maybe much longer.

neah kah nie

Short Sand Beach: looking toward Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain

As the sun sank lower, the surfers headed out.

heading out.jpg

Surf’s Up

I noticed the stratigraphy on the bluffs above the beach and close by, a trickling waterfall.  I took a closer look and saw some brightly covered moss.


Tilted Strata


waterfall & moss.jpg

Waterfall, with brightly colored moss at left


A closer look at the moss


surf's up to and fro.jpg

I saw a surfer coming back up the beach and approached her.  Her name was Carrie, a schoolteacher from the Neah-Kah-Nie school district.  She was originally from Oklahoma and came here because the surf called to her.  She had just completed her first year teaching, and now, an endless summer stretched out in front of her.

carrie poses

Summer Is Here

cape falcon

View north from beach toward Cape Falcon

Returning to Manzanita, we stopped at the weekly market.

At the market.jpg



Volunteers from the local R-evolution Garden Community Supported Agriculture cooperative (CSA)

All in all, just another day on this edge of the world.





Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s