Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches Trail

Waatch, Washington

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Revered through the ages, Shi Shi Beach has its share of disciples, from First Peoples to first-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hard-core hikers, beach bums, conservationists, politicians, and just plain ordinary folk. And Northwest hikers have consistently rated Shi Shi as one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Though this natural gem’s history has had a few blemishes, including access issues, thankfully many of those problems have been washed out to sea.
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula

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Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula

by Craig Romano (The Mountaineers Books)

Revered through the ages, Shi Shi Beach has its share of disciples, from First Peoples to first-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hard-core hikers, beach bums, conservationists, politicians, and just plain ordinary folk.

And Northwest hikers have consistently rated Shi Shi as one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Though this natural gem’s history has had a few blemishes, including access issues, thankfully many of those problems have been washed out to sea.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Waatch
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 50 feet
Top Elevation: 200 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S, Custom Correct North Olympic Coast
Topo Map: Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2012

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.

4/7/2003

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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