Sandy beach
Hike-in Required
Snorkeling / SCUBA
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This small beach on the Strait of Juan de Fuca is remote, calm, and most definitely off the beaten track. Those traveling along the Strait of Juan de Fuca Highway are in for some fantastic out-of-the-way scenery, and Murdock Beach is a perfect spot to stop for a walk and some beach combing. Known for an abundance of agates and beach rocks that have been rounded by the action of waves, Murdock Beach is accessible from a short path that leads through the lush forest from the parking lot. If you are fitting this stop into your plans, note that it is helpful to keep track of tides in the area: at high tide, there isn't much of Murdock Beach to explore, while at low tide, the exploration could last for hours. On the other hand, when the tide is high, Murdock Beach is also a possible launch for a paddle if you have help to carry your kayak (or wheels)!

Logistics + Planning



Parking Pass

Not Required


Remote and uncrowded beach.


Stale seaweed smell is often strong during high temperatures. No sand.


Nearby Lodging + Camping


Beautiful views, tons of agates, and amazing views. I enjoyed the sound of the rocks tumbling in the waves.
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