Third Beach


Backpack - Third Beach

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.

  • Sat, Jun 16, 2018 — Mon, Jun 18, 2018
  • Tacoma Hiking & Backpacking Committee
  • Backpacking
  • 20-30 Somethings, Families, Adults, Singles, Youth, Retired Rovers
  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 280 ft

Meet at 11 AM Saturday at the Third Beach trailhead on SR 110, reached by driving on US 101 through Port Angeles and past Lake Crescent, turning right at SR 110, shortly before Forks and continuing to the trailhead on the left side of the road about 13 miles from the junction with US 101.

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 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.  The leader will be meeting the group at the trailhead at 11 AM Saturday because he is leading another backpack trip at Second Beach on June 13-15 and will be setting up camp at Third Beach on Friday June 15 to reserve a campsite for the Third Beach backpackers.   So he will pick up the bear canisters for those who need them at 9 AM on Wednesday June 13.   So anyone on the Third Beach trip roster who is not on the Second Beach trip roster needs to notify the leader by Tuesday June 12 whether or not they need a bear canister and he will have them for you at the trailhead.  Camp fees of $18 per night per person over 15 will be paid by the leader at 9 AM Wednesday June 13, so signup and cancellation must be completed by 8 PM on Tuesday June 12.  By signing up for both the Second Beach and Third Beach backpack trips, you can make this a six day backpack trip with only two campsites and experience six exceptionally low morning tides.

No parking pass is required at the trailhead.  There is a restroom facility at 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

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    47.890724, -124.598815
    47.8907240866 -124.598815442
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    47.874824, -124.579804
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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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