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16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast

09.27.17

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  • Dungeness Spit.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Dungeness Spit.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Dungeness Spit: A bald eagle rests on a warning sign on the south end of Graveyard Spit.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Dungeness Spit: The New Dungeness Lighthouse.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Cape Flattery: A view into the bay from one of Cape Flattery's observation decks.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Cape Flattery: View to the Straight of Juan de Fuca.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Shi Shi Beach Hike: Shi Shi Beach Trail makes a steep descent down to the beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Shi Shi Beach Hike: Shi Shi Beach north end sea stacks.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Shi Shi Beach Hike: Shi Shi Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Point of the Arches via Shi Shi Beach: The cove at Point of the Arches.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Point of the Arches: Northern Shi Shi Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Ozette Triangle Loop Trail: Cape Alava Trail.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Ozette Triangle Loop Trail: Rocky shoreline between Cape Alava and Sand Point.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Ozette Triangle Loop Trail: Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) between Cape Alava and Sand Point.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Ozette, North Sand Point Trail, Olympic National Park.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Hole-in-the-Wall, Rialto Beach: Sea stacks at Rialto Beach just south of Hole-in-the-Wall.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Hole-in-the-Wall, Rialto Beach: Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) at Hole-in-the-Wall.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Hole-in-the-Wall, Rialto Beach: Rock formations and tidepools at Hole-in-the-Wall.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Hole-in-the-Wall, Rialto Beach: Hole-in-the-Wall with James Island and Little James Island in the distance. Olympic National Park.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • La Push, Second Beach: The 0.7-mile-long access trail for La Push, Second Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • La Push, Second Beach panoramic view.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • La Push, Second Beach: Aggregating anemone (Anthopleura elegantissima) in the tide pools at La Push, Second Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • La Push, Third Beach: Most camping is on the sand at the individual's discretion.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area and Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area and Beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Damon Point Hike: View looking south on the Damon Point Hike.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Damon Point Hike: Snowy owls (Bubo scandiacus).- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Damon Point Hike: Snowy owl (Bubo scandiacus).- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Damon Point Hike.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Leadbetter Point Loop Hike: Leadbetter Point State Park along the Bay Loop Trail.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Leadbetter Point Loop Hike: Looking out over the tidal flats of Willapa Bay.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • Leadbetter Point Loop Hike: Looking south down 25 miles of continuous beach.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • North Head Lighthouse at Cape Disappointment State Park.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • North Head Lighthouse + Bells View: View north from North Head Lighthouse.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • North Head Lighthouse + Bells View: Bell's View just north of the North Head Lighthouse.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • McKenzie + North Head Hike: World War II bunker at the top of McKenzie Head.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • McKenzie + North Head Hike: Cape Disappointment Lighthouse and Saddle Mountain (3,288 ft) from McKenzie Head.- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
  • McKenzie + North Head Hike: Old-growth Sitka spruce (Picea sitchensis).- 16 Best Hikes on the Washington Coast
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Located in the northwesternmost portion of the continental United States, much of the Pacific Coast of Washington epitomizes wild and scenic nature in its most pristine form, stretching roughly 240 miles around the Strait of Juan de Fuca down the coast to the mouth of the Columbia River.

The coastline encompasses 40 miles of completely raw and undeveloped wilderness that is only accessible by hiking within Olympic National Park, three Native American reservations, countless islands and stack formations inhabited by protected wildlife, dense conifer old-growth forests, some of the most productive salmon estuaries and habitat, one of the southernmost snowy owl nesting areas, incredible tidal beaches for discovering shellfish, the longest continuous beach in the world (stretching 28 miles), six lighthouses, a World War II fortresses, and the state's oldest accommodation, the Tokeland Hotel. And all of it is best discovered by foot.

We've assembled a list the 16 best hikes to get yourself immersed in the best of what Washington has to offer. These hikes vary in length from a light stroll to a multi-day 21-mile backpacking excursion. Unlike the snow-covered trails of the Cascades, all of these hikes are accessible year round, and some are even best explored during the winter months.

From north to south:

  1. Dungeness Spit Hike. 11 miles total. Highlight: Overnight rental available at the Dungeness Lighthouse.
  2. Cape Flattery Hike. 1 mile total. Highlight: Northwesternmost point of continental U.S.
  3. Shi Shi Beach Hike. 3.2 miles total. Highlight: Sea stacks at the northern end of beach.
  4. Point of the Arches via Shi Shi Beach Hike. 8.6 miles total. Highlight: Picturesque remote coastal wilderness and stacks.
  5. Ozette Triangle Loop Trail Hike. 9.5 miles total. Highlight: Overnight backpacking in Olympic National Park.
  6. Ozette, North Sand Point Trail Hike. 6 miles total. Highlight: Day hike through old-growth forest to remote coastal beach.
  7. Hole-in-the-Wall, Rialto Beach Hike. 3 miles total. Highlight: Hike with the best tide pools on the coast.
  8. La Push, Second Beach Hike. 1.4 miles total. Iconic stacks and tide pools that are easily accessible.
  9. La Push, Third Beach Hike. 2.8 miles total. Remote beach with campsites.
  10. Olympic North Coast Wilderness Trail (La Push to Ozette): 21 miles total. Highlight: Thru-hike the most remote and scenic portion of Olympic National Park coastline.
  11. Olympic South Coast Wilderness Trail (La Push to Hoh River). 17.5 miles total. Highlight: An extended tour through some of Olympic National Park's most stunning coastal scenery.
  12. Oyhut Wildlife Recreation Area + Beach. 1 mile total. Highlight: Bird watching.
  13. Damon Point Hike. 4 miles total. Highlight: Snowy owl migration/nesting in January and February.
  14. Leadbetter Point Loop Hike. 3.8 miles total. Highlight: Bird watching on the northern tip of the Long Beach Peninsula.
  15. North Head Lighthouse + Bell's View. 1.5 miles total. Highlight: Historic lighthouse and panoramic views high above ocean.
  16. McKenzie + North Head Hike. 5.5 miles total. Highlight: World War II bunker, old-growth forest and historic lighthouse.
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