Shi Shi Beach


Backpack - Shi Shi Beach

Visit the one of the most famed sections of the Washington Coast. We will take the backdoor route to Shi Shi Beach from the Lake Ozette TH. Expect amazing views of sea-stacks, gorgeous headlands, hidden coves, unique wildlife (sea otters) and vivid sunsets. We will be fording the Ozette River twice. Leader Permission is Required

  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 30.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 500 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0

Meet Friday at about 10-11 AM at Lake Ozette TH--Olympic National Park.  Exact time will be determined closer to the trip.

Each car will need an America the Beautiful Pass or a receipt for the park entrance fee.

Getting There

From Port Angeles, head west on U.S. Highway 101 for about 4.5 miles. Turn right to continue west on State Route 112 for 38 miles. Turn right to continue on 112 west towards Neah Bay. Continue for 10.5 miles, turning left Hoko Ozette Road / Ozette Lake Road. Follow this road for 21.2 miles to the ranger station and trailhead.

It is about a 4.5 hour drive to the TH from Seattle or Tacoma and may involve a ferry ride if participants choice that route.

 This trip (four days/three night) travels the lesser known route to Shi Shi Beach from the Lake Ozette TH. 

Here is the proposed route:

We both begin and end at Lake Ozette TH and will be crossing the Ozette River twice.  This crossing can be easy or if there are recent heavy rains or the tide is high can be difficult to impossible.  Fortunately the tides will be favorable for our planned crossings.  Whether the river will be swollen by rains in of course unknown at this time.  Participants need to be comfortable with fording. 

Because of this river crossing, this trip is Leader Permission Only.  When requesting permission please talk about your experience and competence with fording rivers/streams.  Please explicitly acknowledge that you have viewed the attach video:

and are comfortable  with the conditions and experience shown therein.

Permits for six people have already been secured for this trip.  There is a $25 campsite/reservation fee per person for this trip.  This fee needs to be mailed to the leader at least two weeks before the trip commences.  If payment is not received the participant's registration with unfortunately be cancelled.

Participants should also have prior backpacking experience that includes at least one two night trip.  Coast backpack trips are 'not a walk on the beach' and can be quite demanding, involving circumnavigating headlands, muddy trails and steep slopes with ropes.  Participates need to be comfortable with these aspects of coastal trail travel.  If opportunities arise we will likely explore off-trail areas , sea stacks, tide-pools and other interests. On day 4, our finally day, we plan to visit Wedding Rocks to see the petroglyphs and the lovely Sand Point area and viewpoint there.  Bear cans and two trekking poles are required equipment.

This trip is weather dependent, both for enjoyment's sake and to ensure a safe river crossing.  Participants may unfortunately loss their $25 fee if the permits are fully issued and hence un-refundable and the trip is cancelled a few days ahead.  If a cancellation needs to happen a replacement trip--likely on the eastside of the cascade mountain may be offered.

This trip will be Co-lead by Allen White.  Hope you can join us.  Rob


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
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
  • Two Trekking poles
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