Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition
by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)
© 2016 Craig Romano/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
Shi Shi Beach is an out and back trail that leads from the Makah Nation Parking area to a beach on the Pacific Coast in the Olympic National Park. The trail is not challenging but passes thru many different types of forest land. It follows a rough logging road for a good part of its final length before entering the National Park. This section can be muddy but look for higher ground with single track trails around the mud. The final descent to the beach is the only portion of the trail to present any elevation change and is only a couple hundred feet. Once on the beach you will be rewarded with some dramatic rock formations that you can only glimpse through the trees from the trail. There are no facilities once you leave the parking lot and no amenities at the beach at all. Don’t expect to be alone on the trail. Hikers, surfers, backpackers and even families with strollers will share the trail with you.
Trail is muddy first 2 miles. Forest hiking. Just before descending to beach, step off the trail for amazing ocean veiw. Sunlight beams through clouds, you will get religious if you catch before sundown. Enter cave of trees at sea level.Good camping spot at shi Shi.Continue south to Arches. All sand walk. Very few camp sites at Arches.Drop back pack and GO TO THE TIDE POOLS. GORGEOUS! Our 9 year old stopped whinning and started with the (whoa! look at this! Ohh!look at this!) Go exploring. Abundant starfish, rock crab, sea slug (colorful)sea eninemies. Awesome. The weather is rarely good. Bring long johns and rain gear. Well worth the drizzle we had. Kids will love it if they can make it. Last two miles are like pushing a POW on a long road march.
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