Second Beach


Backpack - Second Beach

After a short, easy hike in, camp two nights on beautiful two-mile long Second Beach, seeing otters fishing in tidepools and myriad forms of marine life at two exceptionally low tides, exploring the beach and flying kites and frisbees, reading a favorite book while soaking up rays during the day and roasting smores around the campfire in the evenings.

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  • Sat, Jul 22, 2017 — Mon, Jul 24, 2017
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

Second Beach is a picturesque gem, worth spending two nights at.  The easy hike in and out makes this an excellent backpack trip for families with young children.  A general store with both groceries and lunch items is within walking distance of the trailhead.  There is an outhouse at the beach and another at the trailhead.  No parking pass is required  at the trailhead.  Bring a camera, kite or frisbee and smores materials.  Olympic National Park requires that all food and other odor-emitting substances be kept in approved bear canisters.  Those who do not have them can borrow them at no cost at the Wilderness Information Center when we check in there on Saturday.  Camp fees are $8 per person per night, but there are no camp fees for children under 16.  We will probably hike out at 10 AM on Monday.  There will be an optional lunch stop at a restaurant on the drive home.


Second Beach

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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