Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades
by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)
© Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
The trail book said the elevation gain was 50 feet. What a gross understatement. When you account for all of the ups and downs, it's at least 500' elevation gain, and that does not include the 200' vertical drop that you have travel to get from the trail to the beach. So where the author came up with 50' is a complete mystery. Previous reviews did not do justice: THE MUD IS HORRIBLE for over a solid mile. My wife and I are avid hikers and we consider this one of the most strenuous trails we've ever hiked. We were downright angry with the author and his terrible representation of this trail. Had we known it was going to be so hard, we would have dressed and packed differently. We were let down by his inaccuracy and won't believe any more of his reviews.
The Pacific ocean beach, sea stacks, tide pools, wildlife, not sure there is a lot more you can ask for. Absolutely amazing place that I would recommend to anyone.
Wow, what a spectacular area! We started from the Makah Indian Reservation and parked in one of the three private parking areas even though we only day-hiked, added an extra mile to the hike each way. The first mile of the trail is easy walking on boardwalk, but the next two miles were VERY muddy (reccomend wearing hiking boots). You can avoid most of the mud by walking around or well placed steps, but sometimes need to just get your shoes muddy. The trail is mostly level with the exception of the last 200 yards or so that is the steep descent onto the beach, but definitely doable and worth it!! One of the most beautiful beaches that I've seen in Washington. Bring your camera...
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