Third Beach


Backpack - Third Beach

Join the Tacoma Singles Activities Committee to camp two nights on one of the beautiful Olympic Coast beaches, seeing marine life at exceptionally low tides, with an optional day hike south toward Toleak Point and back on Sunday to see three other beautiful beaches.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 280 ft

Meet at 9 AM Saturday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center on Mt. Angeles Road in Port Angeles, reached by turning left from US 101 in Port Angeles onto Race Street and continuing up the hill until you see the Wilderness Information Center on your right at the south edge of town.

We will camp Saturday and Sunday nights at Third Beach and do an optional day hike to the south starting at 7 AM on Sunday that will be up to 4.8 miles each way, involving climbing over two headlands on rope ladders each direction.   The distance hiked will be determined by when we start and how fast we hike, because we will need to return when it is no later than mid-tide.   At 4.8 miles, we would reach Toleak Point.  The backpack into camp is classified as EASY, but the day hike is classified as MODERATE.  If you choose to do the day hike, you need to be able to handle climbing rope ladders.  We will backpack out to the trailhead on Monday at a time selected by the group, with the option to remain until after the low tide at 11:03 AM.

IMPORTANT:  On this trip all food and other odor-emitting substances must be stored overnight in Olympic National Park approved bear canisters.  Anyone who does not have such a canister can borrow one free of charge from the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center.  Registration, including payment of  camp fees of $8 per night per person over 15 will be paid by the leader at the Wilderness Information Center and collected afterward from the participants.  No parking pass is required at the trailhead.  There are restrooms at the Wilderness Information Center and the trailhead and an outhouse at Third Beach.  On the drive to the trailhead, the last fast food restaurants and major chain grocery stores you will pass are in Port Angeles, mostly on the east end of town.  The last low-priced gas is also in Port Angeles.


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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