Third Beach Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain420ft
Trailhead Elevation270ft
Top274ft
Elevation Min/Max18/274ft
Elevation Start/End270/270ft

Third Beach Trail

Third Beach Trail is a hiking trail in Clallam County and Jefferson County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 270 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 420 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. Near the end of the trail are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: South Coast Beach Travelway.

Third Beach Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a more secluded “wilderness ocean” beach that also offers a wide sand beach along a crescent-shaped shore and tree-studded offshore islands. Even in mid-winter this hike is enjoyable. Try it during a storm, when your children can lean their full weight against the wind without falling and watch waves that have come all the way from Japan.

The mostly level 1½-mile trail to Third Beach travels through old forest and then abruptly plunges off the plateau in a series of switchbacks before arriving at the long, curving beach of Strawberry Bay. Campsites in the creek ravine at the trail end are protected from the wind unless it comes from the west (which it usually does.) Getting across the wide belt of slippery driftwood onto open beach can be difficult and somewhat dangerous."

"This is an easy hike to one of the Olympic coast’s famed wilderness beaches. Walk the wide, sandy beach to the foot of a waterfall that tumbles from a towering bluff directly into the crashing surf. Feeling more energetic? Leave the crowds behind by grunting over Taylor Point to a secluded beach flanked by steep sea stacks and flowerpot islands.

It’s hard to imagine that this wild sweep of coastline was once explored for oil. Luckily for the integrity of the environment and for us hikers, the drillings never proved abundant or profitable.

Dogs are prohibited."

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9/8/2008
Went from third beach to toleak point. just over four hours to get there. very few people. great weather except for a little windy at night. beautiful scenery and sunset. interesting trail features: Several steep climbs and decentes on plank and cable ladders, one cave through which you must pass to proceed and several rocks which must be climbed around and over. Consider getting most of your water before reaching the point as jackson creek is quite dirty. water will come out a little brown in color but i experienced no illness after using filter. backcountry permit required and available at the trail head. no car permit needed.
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8/1/2008
Absolutely amazing! This hike has everything. A waterfall, rope climbing, forest, beach. I was in heaven.
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1/3/2005
If short and scenic are best, then these hikes get the "best" rating. The hikes themselves were so short as to not really count. They were more like long walks from the parking lot, but they were pretty, with plenty of green, and big trees you knew were centuries old. When I went, the trail was pretty muddy at Third Beach; sticky, but not troublesome. I drove from Seattle, leaving at what I thought was an early hour, 9 am, and arived at the trailhead with about 45 minutes until sundown. I ran the trail and spent every last precious minute on the beach, barefooted and shooting pictures madly. There was a stream making time from the woods down the beach and into the waves, just as you entered the beach. It looked like it ought to be crossable, but turned out to be too deep and fast to hop over. I ended up taking off my shoes and splashing through. The tide pools were an incredible surprise, with the purple and orange sea stars hugging the rough rocks, preparing for the next dousing. A few anemones straggled along beneath them. Further down the beach I could see a waterfall, but it was time to head back. Next time I'll explore that direction. Second Beach had most of what it has to offer right as you exit the trail, with the seastacks and their wave-carved greenish stone footings. Surfers were coming out of the water for the night when we arrived, as the sun was preparing to set. It was that sweet light, deep and gold, and we made the most of it, dancing in the surf and shooting pictures right and left. These beaches are sandy, curving slices of heaven to me. The only thing that would make them perfect is if they could be two hours away from me instead of six.
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3/27/2004
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7/19/2003
Great hiking along a wild beach and through old growth forest. Give yourself extra time for exploring the endless tidal pools. Make sure you hike with a tidal chart. The best display of stars I have ever seen.
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4/24/2003
I've done this trail twice, in March 2000 and August 2002. The winter hike was an epic thru hike from Third Beach all the way to Oil City. Two buddies were with me and we left a pickup car at the Oil City trailhead. Left Third Beach on Saturday and camped at Toleak Point. Bring a water filter and fill up. Not many water sources in 17 miles Do not miss the view from the pit toilet south of Toleak Point. Ancient lava/mud flows, sea stacks, pure sand beaches to explore all over. Second day was cold and rainy. I like the mixture of beach hikes and then climbing up the rope ladders to the rain forest trails. One river ford and one creek crossing before camping out the second night. Rain, hail and snow that night. Prepare for all types of weather on this trail in winter. Final day included a slimy bouldering over the incoming tide or else it was a long wait until low tide. Bowling ball size rocky beaches made me wish for trekking poles to help pick my route thru the ankle biting terrain. Made it to the Hoh river and the drift wood piles. Awesome. Took my wife back to show her Toleak Point in August 2002. The 6.5 miles hike was my wife's first backback. Total lovefest with nature in view. Lazy Blue herons to watch til the sun sets on the Pacific Ocean. The trails are wet year round. Be prepared. Third beach trailhead parking is supercrowded, but most people only go down to the Third beach and camp. If you go south to the first rope ladder climb, the crowds thin out by then. Be careful by the waterfall overlook and if you are going to take the low tide shortcuts around the rocky points, you have to time it just right or you will slosh through the tidepools. Best beach hike in Olympic Park, could be the best beach hike in Washington state. Go for it!
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4/27/2002
This trip consisted of three friends, my 10 year old daughter and myself. We hit the trail early on Saturday, this was to be able to clear Giants Graveyard before the tide came in. The weather was cool...but not a cloud in the sky!! This presented views that took the breath away. The trail on the beach was great and quite easy. Coming from the north and heading south, each time we went inland it required climbing large cable ladders and trails with large and in some cases thick mud. We stopped the first night at Toleak Point. It was fantastic!! Be cautious of the tide line so camp doesn't get washed away on high tide in the middle of the night. The climb the next morning took us through mud trails like the day previous, however, it gave the additional challenge of two water crossings. Not difficult...but definitely cold. The ladder back down the beach is missing several rungs at the bottom, which makes the final few steps a challenge. There is also another water crossing at Mosquito Creek. This was the most difficult leg. The trail moves up and down and is extremely muddy in places. There were also a few places where the trail had washed out. Crews had only cut new routes and so the trail is less defined, but is found fairly easily. The ladders at the end of this leg are the longest and after the previous leg the most demanding. We had to wait once we got done for the tide to go out. We did have to do a bit of bouldering to make our way around the point to make our way up the Hoh. The trail is not as cleary marked and a good map is a must. You will see a marker indicating (about 3/4 mile up the river) the trail to the trail head. Overall it was a great trip and my 10 year old daughter did a job. However, if taking kids...make sure they are up to 17 miles and have lots of energy foods.
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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Parks
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Waterfalls
Features
Olympic National Park, Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails La Push No. 163S, Custom Correct South Olympic Coast
Local Maps

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