Hoquiam to North Beach

Ocean Shores, Washington

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This 40-mile drive follows the northern shore of Grays Harbor and North Bay westward to Pacific beaches. During the spring season at the refuge, shorebirds visit from as far away as Argentina. They concentrate at the muddy tide flats here at Bowerman Basin, feed and rest here, then continue their flight north to the Arctic. There may actually be a half-million shorebirds within sight at one time, since the basin enjoys the United States’s largest West Coast concentration of shorebirds. Western sandpipers are the most numerous, followed by dunlins, dowitchers, semipalmated plovers, and least sandpipers. People with binoculars, telescopes, and birding guides crowd on the beach to watch in awe as birds by the thousands swarm like locusts. There is no sight like a mid-air flock parting down the middle in response to the attack of a peregrine falcon. Special attractions: Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Bowerman Basin, Copalis Rock National Wildlife Refuge, clam digging, beachcombing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.
Scenic Driving Washington

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Scenic Driving Washington

by Steve Giordano (Falcon Guides)

This 40-mile drive follows the northern shore of Grays Harbor and North Bay westward to Pacific beaches. During the spring season at the refuge, shorebirds visit from as far away as Argentina. They concentrate at the muddy tide flats here at Bowerman Basin, feed and rest here, then continue their flight north to the Arctic. There may actually be a half-million shorebirds within sight at one time, since the basin enjoys the United States’s largest West Coast concentration of shorebirds. Western sandpipers are the most numerous, followed by dunlins, dowitchers, semipalmated plovers, and least sandpipers. People with binoculars, telescopes, and birding guides crowd on the beach to watch in awe as birds by the thousands swarm like locusts. There is no sight like a mid-air flock parting down the middle in response to the attack of a peregrine falcon.

Special attractions: Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge, Bowerman Basin, Copalis Rock National Wildlife Refuge, clam digging, beachcombing. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

©  Steve Giordano/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Ocean Shores
Distance: 40
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Grays Harbor National Wildlife Refuge
Driving Directions: Directions to Hoquiam to North Beach

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