Shi Shi Beach–Point of the Arches

Neah Bay, Washington

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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.
100 Classic Hikes Washington

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100 Classic Hikes Washington

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

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.

© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Neah Bay
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Olympic NP, Wilderness Information Center, Port Angeles
Local Maps: Green Trails, Cape Flattery WA No. 98S; Custom Correct, North Olympic Coast
Driving Directions: Directions to Shi Shi Beach–Point of the Arches

Recent Trail Reviews

5/27/2007
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Bring your camera! AND a tide table. The rock formations are spectacular and fun to explore the sea caves during low tide. We started in the late morning and it was a little chilly, but as the day wore on we started to get pretty warm so good to dress in layers. Not too crowded even on Memorial Day Weekend although there were lots of tent campers on the beach. The trail down to the beach is very muddy so would reccomend wearing hiking boots on the trail.


10/3/2005
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Very very nice, but rains a lot. The only stream water in this area is brown (cedar water) so bring a good filter. If your filter pumps out brown water it was not that great but the water will still be drinkable. Beach is beautiful, and very nice campsites. The Northern enterance is now open with a new trail, an in addition has free daytime parking. If parking overnight pay $10 to the locals to park in their yard.



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Apr 2018