The photo in above, is on a hilltop in Oswald West State Park. There are also lower trails, parking and beach access.
GPS coordinates along Hy. 101 are 45.758787, -123.958830
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Oswald West State Park receives a lot of visitors in the summer, but has far less people in the autumn and winter, which are still nice seasons to hike through the park or walk down a trail to the beach. Part of Oswald State Park contains Neahkahnie Mountain, which may be a nice hill to get a view of the Pacific Ocean. My Oregon Hiking page lists these and more favorites.
Oswald West StatePark has a canopy of massive old growth spruce, cedar, hemlock, and other evergreens. There are plenty of edible mushrooms like those used by chefs, but harvesting may not be available at this state park. Oswald West State Park is located between Cannon Beach and Manzanita, off Highway 101 in northern Oregon, by the ocean. There are about 30 primitive campsites, with wheelbarrows provided. Oregon State Parks has a page for Oswald West State Park, with maps and campsite prices. A park brochure is available, online, too.
The 2,474 acre Oswald West State Park, has remarkable geology, with old growth forests, Neahkahnie Mountain, Arch Cape, Smuggler's Cove and more. Vegetation includes evergreen and deciduous huckleberry, salmonberry and salal. The sword ferns are quite large.. A herd of Roosevelt Elk is commonly present in the area, as well as many species of birds. Deer roam in the area too.
Directions: South of Cannon Beach, Oregon, along coastal Highway 101 just a few miles north of Manzanita. Coming from Portland, take Highway 26 toward the coast, and 4 miles before Seaside, get on Highway 101: pass Cannon Beach and look for the signs after about 15 to 20 minutes. If you don't prefer primitive camping, but want to hike in Oswald West State Park, there is a campground very close at Nehalem Bay State Park. And motels are available nearby in Cannon Beach and Seaside.