Third Beach


Backpack - Third Beach

Experience the wonders of the Olympic Coast, including marine life at two exceptionally low tides, magnificent sea stacks and beautiful beaches.

  • Sat, May 27, 2017 — Mon, May 29, 2017
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • Youth, 20-30 Somethings, Families, Retired Rovers, Adults, Singles
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 280 ft

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

At the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles we will register, pay camp fees and check out bear canisters for those not already having them.  Then we will drive for  1.5 hours to the trailhead parking lot near La Push.  We can stop enroute at a cafe near the trailhead for lunch.  After the short hike to the beach, we will set up camp for two nights and spend the rest of the day exploring Third Beach and having a camp dinner.  Evening will be an opportunity for smores around the campfire.  Sunday we will have an optional moderate day hike south to Toleak Point involving 9.6 miles RT and 500 feet elevation gain, that will include walking onto two bluffs on rope ladders.  This will allow us to see some additional beaches and sea stacks.  Sunday evening we will have another camp dinner at Third Beach, followed again by smores around the campfire.  We will hike out at 10 AM Monday morning and could have lunch together at a restaurant on the drive home.  There is no trailhead parking fee, but camp fees are $5 per person per night and bear canister rentals are $3 each.  At Third Beach, Olympic National Park requires that all food and other odor-emitting substances be contained in approved bear canisters.


Third 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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