One of the my favorite spots in Oregon is Shorts Sands Beach in Oswald West State Park. Short Sands, or “Shorty’s”, is accessed via a beautiful half mile trail through the woods. The trail itself is stroller friendly (and small kid friendly) but once you get to the beach there are a handful of steps to go down so you either need to park your stroller and walk down to the beach or carry it down the steps. Above the steps are a few picnic benches, providing a gorgeous place to dine with a view … and without the hassle of eating with kids in sand.
The beach is in a secluded cove surrounded by dense forest and sandstone cliffs. Along with its remarkable scenery, Shorty’s is a popular surf spot; watching all the surfers walking down to the beach with their boards made me feel right at home. I don’t know if I’ll ever brave the cold, but they certainly made it look enticing.