Copalis Beach

Sea kayak along an exposed shoreline on the central Washington coast. When traveling north on the Washington coast, Copalis Rock is the first natural rock formation since North Head at Cape Disappointment. Paddle to this seldom visited sea stack and explore the outfall of the nearby Copalis river, or hike along the beach and river in Griffiths-Priday State Park bordered by the Copalis National Wildlife Refuge and Copalis Spit Natural Area, a haven for migratory birds and birders.

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About Griffiths-Priday State Park

from the Washington State Parks website

The beach seems to stretch endlessly, backed by low, grassy dunes and bordered by the Copalis National Wildlife Refuge and Copalis Spit natural area, a haven for migratory birds – and birders. The shoreline also gets rave reviews for its bounty of razor clams in season. The river at this site is unshaded and sandy on the ocean side but green and brushy on the inland side.

Information for Leaders

The Mountaineers has a commercial use permit with Washington State Parks for all free and fee-based outings at state parks. Leaders should carry a print or digital copy of our  commercial use permit to show rangers they may encounter. 

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Sea Kayaking
  • Seasons: March, April, May, June, July, August
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Sea Kayak V
  • Length: 8.0 nm
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Activities

Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Griffiths-Priday State Park

Day Hiking Trip
Explore the sandspit between the Copalis River and the Pacific Ocean in Griffiths-Priday State Park
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Jun 20, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 7
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Griffiths-Priday State Park

Day Hiking Trip
Explore a scenic isolated sandspit between the Copalis River and the Pacific Ocean, with opportunities
Sun, Jul 18, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Jul 5
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Griffiths-Priday State Park

Day Hiking Trip
Hike to the end of the sandspit in scenic Griffiths-Priday State Park and back, with
Difficulty: Easy
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
11 participants
Registration opens Aug 30
Tacoma Branch
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  • Copalis River Spit
  • Copalis Spit
  • Griffiths-Priday State Park
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