Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

Neah Bay, Washington

Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Neah Bay
Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
3.5–4 hours

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Jun 2018