"A 4.4- to 10.4-mile round-trip day hike or short backpack from the Makah Reservation to the northernmost beach in Olympic National Park." Read more
"This trail was rebuilt to offer access for day hikers to Shi Shi Beach, one of the more striking areas on the Olympic coastline. The good news is that access to this beach is now fast and easy; the bad news is that Shi Shi Beach, once a secluded destination for backcountry beach hikers, has turned into a somewhat busy day-hike destination, spoiling the remoteness once found here." Read more
"With ideal conditions—sunny skies and a minus tide (an unusually low tide)—there probably isn’t a more spectacular coastal hiking destination in the United States than Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches. This outstanding trip combines a glorious strip of sand—which despite, or perhaps because of, its remoteness has previously been designated the nation’s best nature beach by the Travel Channel— and one of the most impressive collections of rock pinnacles and sea arches in the world. Wildlife, especially birds, is abundant, which explains why all of the countless offshore rocks in this area are protected in the Flattery Rocks National Wildlife Refuge. Add to this the fine tidepooling and surprising solitude, and you have a real winner. The main drawback for this stretch of paradise is a sometimes very muddy trail, so leave the tennis shoes in the car and be prepared for mud-splattered pants and boots." Read more
"Revered throughout the ages, Shi Shi has its disciples. Many have indelible memories of this magical place—from First Peoples to ﬁrst-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hard-core hikers, beach bums, conservationists, and just plain ordinary folk. And Point of the Arches, an assortment of sea stacks extending into the sea, is simply sublime.
The first mile winds through pockets of mature Sitka spruces and rain-saturated bogs via cedar-planked boardwalks and bridges. The new trail then intersects the old road trail and you must negotiate 0.5 mile of epic mud (hold onto small children).
Dogs are prohibited." Read more
"Children will enjoy a delightful secluded and scenic sandy ocean beach which curves out to the Point of Arches, offering wooded campsites during storms and high tides and beach camping for the fearless at Petroleum and Willoughby creeks. The access over Makah Nation land has been in question for years but is now available if one pays to park and avoid vandalism. Beachcombing along this beach is superb. Fishing net floats and all manner of flotsam and jetsam can be collected by children with sharp eyes. At low tide, there are tide pools and rock arches to explore. The hike out to the Point should not be attempted with small children or without a tide table." Read more
"Revered throughout the ages, Shi Shi has its disciples—from Native Americans to ?rst-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hardcore hikers, beach bums, conservationists, and just plain ordinary folk. Shi Shi, one of the last additions to Olympic National Park, has left an indelible mark in the hearts and memories of many. Shi Shi’s inclusion in the park in 1976 was met with a fair amount of resistance from adjoining landowners, land developers, and beach squatters. For years, the trail remained closed in a land access dispute. But after much wrangling and negotiating, the Park Service and contesting landowners broke the impasse. The Makah Tribe developed a new trailhead and built a nice new trail to the beach—but unfortunately it’s not complete, so still expect to encounter Shi Shi’s legendary mud holes." Read more
"After crashing through forest on a muddy road, you’ll descend to a long, sandy beach. At the far end, some of the most spectacular arches, sea stacks, and tide pools on Washington’s wild coastline protrude 0.5 mile into the Pacific Ocean. Try to get there at low tide—the tide pools are amazing." Read more