Quillayute Needles, Second Beach

Forks, Washington

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This is a 4.8-mile round-trip day hike from the Second Beach trailhead to the base of Teahwhit Head. This trail begins on the Quileute Indian Reservation, and follows the Second Beach Trail down to a sandy stretch of coastline, offering a short day hike or a good family overnight. The trail begins by winding through a forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock that sprang up in the aftermath of logging that occurred early in the 1900s. After wandering the wooded bluff top for a time, a wooden boardwalk and steps drop down to the north end of Second Beach. An enormous block of contorted stone named Quateata blocks the northern approaches to the beach, and it is pierced by a natural arch. The Quillayute Needles are scattered across the sparkling waters of the Pacific. This formation is an old wave-cut terrace that has been elevated and weathered into sandstone pillars. Some are massive and stout, while others form slender spires.Turn south and follow the coast as it bends away toward Teahwhit Head. The beach spreads out into a wide stretch of fi ne sand, raked ceaselessly by turbulent Quateata guards the northern approach to Second Beach.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This is a 4.8-mile round-trip day hike from the Second Beach trailhead to the base of Teahwhit Head.

This trail begins on the Quileute Indian Reservation, and follows the Second Beach Trail down to a sandy stretch of coastline, offering a short day hike or a good family overnight. The trail begins by winding through a forest of Sitka spruce and western hemlock that sprang up in the aftermath of logging that occurred early in the 1900s. After wandering the wooded bluff top for a time, a wooden boardwalk and steps drop down to the north end of Second Beach. An enormous block of contorted stone named Quateata blocks the northern approaches to the beach, and it is pierced by a natural arch.

The Quillayute Needles are scattered across the sparkling waters of the Pacific. This formation is an old wave-cut terrace that has been elevated and weathered into sandstone pillars. Some are massive and stout, while others form slender spires.Turn south and follow the coast as it bends away toward Teahwhit Head. The beach spreads out into a wide stretch of fi ne sand, raked ceaselessly by turbulent Quateata guards the northern approach to Second Beach.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 4.8
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: USGS La Push, Quillayute Prairie; Custom Correct South Olympic Coast
Driving Directions: Directions to Quillayute Needles, Second Beach

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