Shi Shi Beach


Backpack - Shi Shi Beach

Backpack three mostly level miles to the most beautiful beach on the Washington Coast, where we camp two nights and visit spectacular marine life at two exceptionally low tides at scenic Point of the Arches.

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  • Sat, Jul 2, 2016 — Mon, Jul 4, 2016
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Families, Adults, 20-30 Somethings
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

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

This is the most popular beach backpack trip on the Washington Coast with 2.4 miles of sandy beach and the unique Point of the Arches to explore during the ample time provided by camping two nights on the beach.  This beach is excellent for kite flying and frisbee games.  Photographers find many picture opportunities at Point of the Arches.  The first mile of the trail is through a magnificent rain forest and well maintained.  The second mile is on an abandoned road, which is usually muddy in places.  The third mile is on the beach, which is all sand.  The exact hiking distance on the beach will depend upon what campsites are available.  The descent in and ascent out to and from the beach loses and gains about 200 feet in a short distance, where fixed ropes are used to aid travel.  While everyone on this trip in recent years has been able to successfully handle this section of trail, it has caused some initial concern for some of them.  The only available parking near the trailhead is in the yard of one of two local families, one last year charging $30 per car and the other $20 per car for the duration of our trip.  Olympic National Park camp fees are $10 per person for this trip.  As always, riders will owe transportation payments to their drivers, which will be higher than for most Mountaineers trips because of the long drive involved.  We will have an optional lunch stop after hiking out on Monday at the Warm House Restaurant in Neah Bay.  


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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