Benson Beach Trail

Ilwaco, Washington 98624

Benson Beach Trail

Benson Beach Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This 2-mile-long, wide sandy ocean beach calls children to run and chase waves. Unlike other beaches of the Long Beach Peninsula, where vehicles are free to speed along next to waves, this motor-free beach allows families to dig safely in the sand, fly a kite, or just let the children run, unthreatened by cars and off-road vehicles. As tempting bonuses, it has a spectacular headland and rock jetty to explore.

Explain to them that jetties on either side of the Columbia River channel the outflow and make it easier for mariners to know where they must cross the bar. The bar is the wall of fresh water from the Columbia colliding with the surf of the Pacific. Since it was built in 1917, the rock jetty has captured and held the sand that makes up the campground."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike
Year round
10 feet
Trailhead Elevation
10 feet
Top Elevation
Fort Canby State Park
Local Contacts
Cape Disappointment State Park brochure
Local Maps

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Jul 2018