Shi Shi Beach


Backpack - Shi Shi Beach

Three day backpack to the beaches on the Olympic Coast.

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

8:30 AM Friday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles 

Leader Heidrun Eberhardt. This 8 mile RT backpack begins with a two mile hike on a level but often muddy wilderness trail before descending to the most beautiful beach of the Olympic Coast where we will camp two nights with time to explore scenic coastal features and tide pools. 

On the first day, as we progress on a two mile rain-saturated but level trail through Sitka spruce forest ever more beautiful views of ocean and coast will appear. Then a 150-foot bluff will be negotiated to descend into this coastal paradise. We will hike another mile and establish camp near Petroleum Creek or an other small creek . On Saturday we will enjoy a beach hike to Point of the Arches to explore sea stacks and tide pools. On Sunday we break camp and return to the TH, at which time optional but recommended side trips are possible. Bear canisters are required!

At the Wilderness Information Center we will pay camp fees and pick up required bear canisters for those who don't have them.  It will then take two-hour drive to Neah Bay, where we will pick up the Makah Recreation Pass for parking our cars near the trailhead. These fees will be shared equally by participants. In addition riders should be prepared to reimburse drivers according to the Club’s standard of 12c/mile. Water is available from Petroleum Creek and other smaller streams, but must be boiled, filtered or treated.  Low tides are predicted for this weekend, allowing optimal viewing of marine life at low tides at Point of Arches, at the south end of the beach, as well as a cove north of Shi Shi Beach which involves a short rock scramble.  After hiking out relatively early on Sunday it is recommended to stop at Neah Bay for a visit of the Makah Museum, where artifacts from the ancient, native village at Cape Alava are displayed.  This could be followed with a lunch of local smoked salmon and/or lunch items bought at the general store in Neah Bay. An additional option is an 8-mile round trip drive to Cape Flattery where a one mile round trip hike leads to a viewpoint at the most northwestern tip of the continuous lower 48 States. This again requires a pass for each car that can be bought at the store in Neah Bay. 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 home and possible stops, plan on arriving home late Sunday evening.  

Although all Mountaineers 18+ members are welcome on this trip, it is part of the B3 Backpack program and students will get credit for this trip.


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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