Second Beach Trail

La Push, Washington

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Just south of the village of La Push are three Olympic Coast charms: First, Second, and Third Beaches. Each one is sandy and broad and hemmed in by dramatic bluffs and headlands. And while they’re in close proximity to each other, you can’t hike from one to the next because those headlands block the way. With roadside access, First Beach is the easiest to get to and so can be crowded. Third Beach requires a 1.2-mile slog down a forested trail. But Second Beach is just right: a hike just long enough to discourage crowds, yet short enough to encourage all who want to see this beautiful beach.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Just south of the village of La Push are three Olympic Coast charms: First, Second, and Third Beaches. Each one is sandy and broad and hemmed in by dramatic bluffs and headlands.

And while they’re in close proximity to each other, you can’t hike from one to the next because those headlands block the way. With roadside access, First Beach is the easiest to get to and so can be crowded. Third Beach requires a 1.2-mile slog down a forested trail. But Second Beach is just right: a hike just long enough to discourage crowds, yet short enough to encourage all who want to see this beautiful beach.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: La Push
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 350 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 120 feet
Top Elevation: 250 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails La Push No. 163S, Custom Correct South Olympic Coast
Driving Directions: Directions to Second Beach Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/2/2009
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Hiked down to the beach with our 20 month daughter. She hiked most of the way, which was slow but she loved it. Log jam at the end of the trail where it hits the beach can be an obstacle. I thought it was easy, but my wife didn't like it and had to take it really slow and needed help to climb over it. We camped overnight on the beach. No rain but very windy that night. Don't forget a bear canister as they are required if staying overnight. You can rent one at the ranger station although we had our own. Very beautiful beach. Plan to go at low tide to see the tide pools.



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