Second Beach


Backpack - Second Beach

Experience one of the most beautiful beaches on the Olympic Coast, during two of the lowest tides of the year, allowing us to explore fascinating marine life at Saturday and Sunday morning low tides and spend a full day exploring the beach. The La Push general store is within walking distance of the trailhead. The short hike in makes this an ideal backpack trip for families with young children and new adult backpackers developing their camping skills.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 1.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM Friday on the front porch of the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC), 3002 Mt. Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA  98362, reached by turning left from US 101 in Port Angeles onto N Race St and continuing up the hill until you see the WIC on your right at the south edge of town.


At the WIC the leader will pay the required camp fees of  $8 per person per night and pick up the permit and any needed bear canisters.  Olympic National Park requires that food and any other odor-emitting substance be stores overnight in an approved bear canister.  Anyone not bringing their own canister will need to borrow one from the WIC, at no cost.  If you borrow a canister from the WIC, you will need to repack your gear, because the canister must be placed inside your pack.

After leaving the WIC, we have the option to consolidate cars at the Port Angeles City Hall, 321 E. Fifth St., Port Angeles, WA  98362, which is in the direction of our drive to the trailhead.  It will take about an hour and a half to drive from Port Angeles to the trailhead.  No parking pass is required at the City Hall parking lot or at the trailhead parking lot.  There are nice restrooms at the WIC and the City Hall, two portapotties at the trailhead and two outhouses at the beach.

We should be able to have lunch at the beach on Friday after setting up camp.  The low tides during our stay there are:  +1.73 ft at 5:49 PM on Friday, -2.03 ft at 6:45 AM Saturday, +1.78 ft at 6:41 PM on Saturday and -2.07 ft at 7:31 AM on  Sunday.

We will hike out at an agreed time after low tide on Sunday.  On the drive home there is the option to stop for lunch at the Hungry Bear Cafe, at milepost 205912 on US 101, Beaver, WA  98305.  It is on the drive to Port Angeles.



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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