Shi Shi Beach – 9mi / 14.4km
A wide, sandy beach with stunning sea stacks, arches, and tide pools make this a special hike. The trail starts out on the Makah Indian Reservation and travels through a lush, coastal forest.
It hops on an old road that can be fairly muddy as it makes its way to the coast where it quickly switchbacks down about 100ft/30m to the north end of the sandy beach. A collection of jagged sea stacks form the northern barrier that can be navigated at low tide.
The walk south to Point of Arches gives you views of the forested cliffs to the east and rolling waves of the Pacific Ocean to the west. You’ll hop over a few freshwater streams in the sand that attract birds on your way to Point of Arches. This formation of sea stacks contain arches that become visible as you walk the beach. At the arches are tide pools that can be explored when the tide is low. (A Makah Recreation Pass is required and can be purchased in Neah Bay.)
Trailhead: Head west from Port Angeles on Hwy 101 to Hwy 112 towards Neah Bay (or take Hwy 113 to Hwy 112 if coming from Forks, WA). Follow the signs through Neah Bay onto Cape Flattery Road. After 2.5 miles, turn left onto Hobuck Road. Stay on the main road and follow the signs towards the fish hatchery. The signed trailhead and parking lot will be on your right just before the fish hatchery.
Elevation Gain: 400ft / 120m – Elevation Loss: 400ft / 120m