Ruby Beach
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  • Anna L
    Brantford, Canada183 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and Peaceful
    We got here pretty early in the morning and unfortunately, the tide was on its way in, so we weren't able to fully experience the rock pools. That being said, this is a beautiful beach with lots of rock formations. It is quite pebbly and there is tonnes of driftwood around which adds to the beauty. It was too cold -and too early - to swim, but we enjoyed our short walk down to the beach and the time we spent there. There is parking but it's a relatively small lot. So I could see it getting quite full later in the day. I would recommend visiting here if you have time.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Sam F
    Shoreline, Washington6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views, not too long of a hike for young children.
    The North Coast of Washington State is wild, beautiful and fun to explore. I grew up in Seattle, so this area has been as much my backyard as the North Cascades, Dry Falls and Glacier Peak. There are tons of trails in this area and it's a great place for a day hike. Nearby State and National Parks make this an easy place to visit while camping on the Coast. Highly recommended. It is my advice, unless you are experienced coastal hikers, to come in the summertime during the long, low tides that occur during the daylight hours. The tide can come in quickly in Fall and Winter, making what started as a fun hike into an emergency rescue situation.
    Visited May 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • cohoman
    Sammamish, Washington2,308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful beach
    Wow, really nice rock formations on the beach. Most of the beach is flat rocks but further out towards the water is sand. It was somewhat foggy when we were there, but that made for better photos. Lots of people and kids there. No permit required for day use. Definitely stop by if you're in the area. Dogs allowed on a leash.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 17, 2023
  • GoVols79
    Chattanooga, Tennessee3,750 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ruby Beach
    We stopped at Ruby Beach while exploring Olympic National Park. There is a large parking lot with a short trail down to the beach. This type of beach is so different than what we are used to on the east coast so we really enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. We probably stayed less than an hour but it was definitely a highlight of the day.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 18, 2023
  • StacieA915
    Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Breathtaking Views
    On our excursion around Olympic National Park, we were suggested to stop at this beach and oh, are we glad we did. We had a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky and it was absolutely beautiful. We were there on a Wednesday and there was hardly anyone on the beach, and it's very large. There is a lot of driftwood around and rock formations that were so interesting. Words can't describe the beauty.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 20, 2023
  • MdTravelerX2
    Silver Spring, Maryland540 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful, rocky/pebbly beach
    Ruby Beach is incredible. The beach is a pebbles and rocks polished smooth by time. The rocks are rich colors and mottled greys. It's generally easy hking with a few driftwood logs to cross along the way. We hiked to the Hole in the Wall but didn't try to access it as the tide was too high. Still, a beautiful and unique site. It rained, typical of the Pacific NW. One just puts on their raingear and keeps going. We didn't see "ruby"--apparently it is best at sunset.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 2, 2023
  • cohoman
    Sammamish, Washington2,308 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Beach
    I'd say this is the best beach of all the costal beaches in the area. Nice rock formations for photo ops. The beach is sandy, not so rocky.  There's easy access to the beach. Large parking lot, with vault toilets.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 31, 2024
  • Tansy2015
    Michigan408 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful beach, lots to see
    We did not see the red in the sand, it was very cloudy, and there was a storm front coming in. The beach is very rocky at the beginning, and then it gets finer and finer as it goes toward the water. There is a large amount of debris at the beginning of the beach that you have to navigate through. Don’t forget to go through the little archway, rock, and over, the plank bridge to cross the stream that is empty into the ocean. The path to the beach is a short slightly steep decent.
    Visited May 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written May 4, 2024
  • dreamspeaker
    Middleton, Wisconsin542 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Neat even at high tide
    We went to Ruby Beach during high tide because it was nearby. We know the tidepooling is better at low tide, but even at high tide, the beach was really interesting. The rock formations, all the driftwood and logs, and the perfectly rounded pebbles of all kinds of colors made it really fun to walk around. There's a formation on the beach with a hole in it that's good for pictures, and there are also lots of situations where people appear to have built structures out of the logs on the beach. It's just a neat place, even at high tide.
    Visited June 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2024
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Mike M
Battle Creek, MI76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I wasn't even sure I wanted to go here and it ended up being my favorite place we saw on our whole trip!
Don't let the rain keep you away. We visited one afternoon and it was gray and spitting rain but it was so beautiful. I would use the word ethereal, otherworldly.
So we wandered around a bit and the next morning we had time so we back. It wasn't raining and it may even had a little sunshine but it was like a different place entirely!
Just stunning. We didn't see a sunset but it is amazingly gorgeous anytime of the day and I would say in any weather! Just Go!
Written June 15, 2021
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,128 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We came around 9:30 am on Thursday 7/29 as we were driving from Astoria Oregon to Port Angeles. Since it was early in the morning, we had no issues finding parking and it was quiet when we first got there. However, when we left an hour later, the parking lot was getting full so if you don't want to have issues with parking, definitely get there early.

There is a trail down to the beach. Once at the beach, we walked to see the sea stacks and there was plenty of driftwood.

Ruby Beach belongs to Olympic NP but we did not have to show our park pass nor did I see any way to pay the park fees.
Written August 20, 2021
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Jane S
Valparaiso, IN113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Birdie at the ranger station told us that many scenes from Twilight were filmed at Ruby Beach, and I can see why. The many rock formations erupting from the beach and the water would be perfect for the creepy atmosphere needed in that film. The fact that the smoke and fog covered much of the landscape just added to the ethereal feeling.
Written September 25, 2020
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April
Beaverton, OR345 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Ruby Beach is one of the prettiest beaches on the West Coast. There's plenty of parking and you follow a walk path from the parking lot to the beach. Go at low tide if you can time just right. Several huge rock formations that are stunningly beautiful. At low tide you can explore in the tide pools for sea creatures. The beach is covered with drift wood that several visitors gather to make small structures that are fun to play around. Millions of smooth rocks are everywhere. Visitors like to make cairn statues that are on display to enjoy and photograph. It was a bit overcast when we arrived but it cleared while we were exploring. Worth the stop.
Written July 16, 2021
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MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD540 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
Ruby Beach is incredible. The beach is a pebbles and rocks polished smooth by time. The rocks are rich colors and mottled greys. It's generally easy hking with a few driftwood logs to cross along the way. We hiked to the Hole in the Wall but didn't try to access it as the tide was too high. Still, a beautiful and unique site. It rained, typical of the Pacific NW. One just puts on their raingear and keeps going. We didn't see "ruby"--apparently it is best at sunset.
Written October 2, 2023
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Anna L
Brantford, Canada183 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
We got here pretty early in the morning and unfortunately, the tide was on its way in, so we weren't able to fully experience the rock pools. That being said, this is a beautiful beach with lots of rock formations. It is quite pebbly and there is tonnes of driftwood around which adds to the beauty. It was too cold -and too early - to swim, but we enjoyed our short walk down to the beach and the time we spent there.
There is parking but it's a relatively small lot. So I could see it getting quite full later in the day.

I would recommend visiting here if you have time.
Written August 2, 2023
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dunadan
Lynnwood, WA2,418 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
On a day-trip north from Seabrook along 101, we spent a lovely hour or so strolling the gorgeous Ruby Beach. There were a fair number of people on the beach, but not so many as to make social distancing difficult. When we set off walking south, we encountered few people.

Along the way, we found a few small tide pools and marveled at the hundreds of anemones and other invertebrates. Further south, there are several small sea caves that make for interesting photo opps. Although the beach near the mouth of the river was pretty clean, we imagine that further south or north there are opportunities to do some productive beach combing and agate/seaglass hunting.
Written October 1, 2020
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ruthandvern
Wilton, CA16,023 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021
This is a really outstanding beach! We drove down for sunset and returned the next day and spent a few hours at low and slack tide. The rocks are each outstanding. The beach is easy walking and the driftwood constructions are so beachy.
Written September 4, 2021
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greenpanther30
Camberley, UK1,297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Friends
Wonderful beach, stunning vistas and opportunities to enjoy the views. We bought food and drinks from the nearby store and had our food watching the waves roll in. Plenty of parking and bathrooms. Very busy midday so aim for early or late to avoid the crowds. Enjoy
Written September 11, 2020
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE663 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
This is one of the most beautiful places in Olympic National Park. A nice little walk down to the beach not too long but can be a little taxing for some coming back up. We walked the beach for about an hour and a half early in the morning. By the time we were leaving so many people were coming onto the beach and into the parking lot. If you really want to enjoy the beauty of this beach go early and avoid the crowds. Either way, this is a must-stop and see in Olympic NP.
Written July 14, 2021
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