Olympic National Park Shi Shi Beach to Cape Alava

Neah Bay, Washington 98357

Olympic National Park Shi Shi Beach to Cape Alava

Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach to Cape Alava Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"These 15 miles of beachfront property are among the best miles of trail in the whole national park system. With due respect to the sugar-sand beaches of the world, we like our coastal treks wild, rugged, and with more than a chance of rain. You could parachute into any of the park’s 73 miles of coastline and have the trip of a lifetime, but the very northern tip of the beach gets the nod for its density of sea-sculpted rocks, gritty scrambling, and the oasis of Shi Shi Beach.

After 2 miles of Sitka spruce and Western hemlock forest on the Shi Shi Beach Trail, shimmy down a 50-foot bluff to pop out on Shi Shi Beach, with wide swaths of sand, Jenga-like towers of rock topped with trees called sea stacks, and tide pools rich in starfish and hermit crabs. Point of the Arches, at the beach’s southern boundary, offers a mile-long parade of pinnacles, boulders, and precariously balanced sea arches."

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Trail Information

Neah Bay
Nearby City
30
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3-5 days
Duration
Olympic National Park, (305" rel="nofollow">305" rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">305">rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">rel="nofollow">305)565-3100; nps.gov/olym; $10 Makah Recreation Pass (makah.com/activities)
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