Shi Shi Beach

With a long desolate beach, stunning views of the ocean and the Point of the Arches rock features, Shi Shi Beach is one of the most beautiful locations in Washington. Though an easy-to-moderate day hike of 8 miles and 200 feet of elevation gain, this is often best done as a weekend backpacking trip because of the long drive most will have.

getting there

Drive SR 112 through Neah Bay and follow signs for Cape Flattery and Beaches. At approximately 2.5 miles, take a bridge on the left with a sign for Hobuck Beach, and follow the road past Hobuck Beach towards the Fish Hatchery. The trailhead is on the right.

On The Trail

The trail to Shi Shi Beach is a fairly flat 2.0 mi until the 150-foot descent down the bluff to the beach.  In the rainy season this section of the trail can be quite muddy.  Hiking 2.0 mi south along the beach brings you to Point of Arches.  


  • The parking lot at the trailhead is for day use only. A recreation permit from the Makah Nation is required to access the beach. The permit can be purchased at several locations in Neah Bay.
  • Overnight parking is available at one of the houses just before the trailhead parking lot. As of 2014, the cost was $10 per day your (an overnight it two days and $20). Bring cash to pay for this parking.
  • A backcountry camping permit is required for overnight stays. Obtain it from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
  • A hard-sided food container like a bear canister is required to store your food, garbage, and scented items on overnight stays.
  • Learn about tides before you go to make your travel along the beach safe.
  • On your way out to Neah Bay, the Salt Creek Recreation Area on the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a beautiful place to take a break in the drive.
  • While you're out there, check out the beautiful Cape Flattery and the history and culture of the Makah Nation at Neah Bay.

INFORMATION for leaders

scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related and/or non-stewardship activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • This route allows multiple bookings. Please check scheduled trips listed below in the "Activities" tab to see if there is another group already booked on the same day. If so, please coordinate with them to ensure you are carpooling and teaching at different areas, and contact our Member Services Team to confirm any multiple group permitting regulations.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip or stewardship activity, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft
  • 200 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: Indian Reservation
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 50
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Cape Flattery No. 98S
  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast
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