Shi Shi Beach


Backpack - Shi Shi Beach

This is a mostly level six mile RT backpack trip to the most beautiful beach on the Washington coast, the first mile on a wilderness trail, the second mile on an abandoned, partly muddy road and the third mile on the beach, where we camp two nights and can observe interesting marine life at low tides.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

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

At the Wilderness Information Center we will pay camp, Park and canister fees and pick up required bear canisters for those who don't have them.  We will then have a two-hour drive to the trailhead near Neah Bay.  Fees to park cars near the trailhead will be shared equally by passengers.  The usual rider fees will be owed to drivers in addition to the other fees.  Water is available from Petroleum Creek and other smaller streams, but must be boiled, filtered or treated.  There will be exceptionally low tides this weekend, which will permit optimal viewing of marine life at low tides at Point of Arches, at the south end of the beach.  This is a good place to fly a kite or throw a frisbee.  An optional side trip on Saturday to a cove north of Shi Shi Beach involves a short rock scramble.  During the drive home it is worthwhile to stop in Neah Bay for smoked salmon and to tour the Makah Museum, where artifacts from an ancient village at Cape Alava are on display.  An optional side trip to Cape Flattery on the drive home is also worthwhile.  It is an 8 mile round trip drive with a one mile round trip hike to the viewpoint and requires a pass for each car that can be bought at multiple places in Neah Bay.  Hot lunch items can be bought at the general store in Neah Bay on the way to and from the trailhead. Participants renting bear canisters at the WIC in Port Angeles must stop there on the way home to return them.  Due to the long drive and possible stops enroute home, plan on arriving home late Sunday evening.    


Shi Shi 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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