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Address: Olympic National Park, WA
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Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Washington Coast, this...

Considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the Washington Coast, this stretch of sand features tide pools, sea stacks and headlands, all abutted by a coastal forest.

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Easy 2 mile trail to the beach through the woods. The 200 ft descent down is not easy, but its doable for most. Try not to trust those ropes too much. Some of them looked like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 9, 2015
Lisa H

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

Easy 2 mile trail to the beach through the woods. The 200 ft descent down is not easy, but its doable for most. Try not to trust those ropes too much. Some of them looked like cheap nylon and they could be rotted and unreliable. However: once you're at the beach, it doesn't even matter. We showed up right after... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The walk through the woods is really neat with boardwalk paths and beautiful surroundings. It is muddy, like people say, but the severity will depend on how much rain they have had. It is still bearable but fairly bad in some places. The drop off down to the beach is very steep but manageable and we didn't have any mud... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

You have to work a bit to get here. You have to follow some sort of cryptic roads. Get a permit from the Makah (you can get it at the diner in town). Avoid the parking lot toilet which was the worst I've ever seen outside of Asia! Very muddy trails. Totally awesome beach though! Just not for the casual... More 

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Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Amazing beach which you are really glad to reach after a bit of a hike through the forest. Guide books say it's a sharp descent to the beach and it is! Take you pick from the difficult walk down through the tree roots or abseil down via a rope. if you abseil up from the beach it does take quite... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

After hiking 12 miles on different hikes on different beach trails, I dragged my family to this hike. I saw some beautiful art photography done there and wanted to experience it myself. You need to do a 2 mile hike to the beach, then 2 miles on the beach to the interesting spot, then 4 miles back to the parking... More 

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015

You start by driving, literally, to the end of the road. there, you park and head into the woods on a beautiful forest trail. There are multiple board walks and during wet seasons there can be quite a bit of mud. But the trail is very good and worth the hike all by itself. Almost 2 miles in you arrive... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Shi Shi beach was beautiful, relatively unspoilt, and the only way to get to Point of Arches which is a gorgeous collection of sea stacks. It's quite a haul from Seattle and too time consuming for a day trip, but worth it IMO if staying on the Olympic Peninsula. One thing to note though - it's not easy to get... More 

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New Haven, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

The sign at the trailhead says it is 2 miles to the beach, but our hike book said 3.3 miles and that seemed true. The last bit includes a sleep descent over a cliff with slippery tree roots - not for the infirm or very little kids

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

This would be a great day trip. Make sure you check the tide charts so you arrive at Point of Arches at low tide. The hike is easy until you reach the decent to the beach but that is do-able for anyone without problems walking/climbing. We hiked out to camp overnight, enjoying amazing weather the entire way. Two hours later... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I'm leaving this review because we were traveling with 4, 7 and 9 year old kids, and we could not figure out if this would be ok with children. Here's our take: The kids loved it. We went in July, and there were enough salmon berries ripe for the picking on the trail that walking became like a game. It... More 

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