Revered throughout the ages, Shi Shi has its disciples—from Native Americans to ?rst-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hardcore hikers, beach bums, conservationists, and just plain ordinary folk. Shi Shi, one of the last additions to Olympic National Park, has left an indelible mark in the hearts and memories of many. Shi Shi’s inclusion in the park in 1976 was met with a fair amount of resistance from adjoining landowners, land developers, and beach squatters.
For years, the trail remained closed in a land access dispute. But after much wrangling and negotiating, the Park Service and contesting landowners broke the impasse. The Makah Tribe developed a new trailhead and built a nice new trail to the beach—but unfortunately it’s not complete, so still expect to encounter Shi Shi’s legendary mud holes.
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