The Quillayute Needles Second Beach Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Push, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until August.
From Port Angeles, West for 54 miles on US 101 to La Push Rd (Hwy 110.) Right for 8 miles to Y in road. Left at Y on La Push Rd for 4.5 miles to the trailhead on the left.
Must see!!!! Good hike, not too hard! Worth the trip:) love love love this beach!
The actual trail is only .7 miles to the beach. The rest of the hike is South down the beach. It ends when you can't go any further because of the rocks and terrain. Basically where the beach ends. Still really pretty and a nice walk. Plan your trip durning low tide to see all the tide pools and little creatures living in them.
Very beautiful area, with the added bonus of a nice walk through the wood, (a few steps in the end before the beach, not a favorite of my wife), Arrived to late to explore the beach to much, but it did give us one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen! (Don't forget you have to walk in the woods to get back to your car, make sure you have some kinda light, it got VERY dark in the woods after sunset)
We were fogged in but it was still warm and beautiful and the kids played in the surf.
Wonderful experience and great personal challenge to keep going.
This was a spectacular trail. In my opinion, it is more beautiful than the Hoh Rainforest. When you reach the beach it's simply breathtaking. I thought it was pretty easy with some climbing but there is no rush. You'll want to move slow to take it all in.
The Olympic coast will make you fall in love with Washington all over again.
We did a 3 day, 2 night trip starting at Second Beach, moving along the inland trail to third beach, and then eventually Scott's bluff. There is nothing quite like taking an afternoon nap in the sun with the sound of the waves crashing near your tent. The sand bugs are pretty bad so wear longer socks to avoid their bites on your ankles.
In terms of what to see and do, there isn't much down time if you're looking for activities. The tide pools are fun to go exploring, along with caves that can only be accessed in the right tide, and obviously there are the views of the sea stacks and the ocean itself. The trails from beach to beach are fairly well maintained but require some work to climb the ropes up the steep hills. Keep track of where the running water is if you're planning to fill up. Lastly, if you get to Scotts Bluff early, you can set up camp on a flat sandy area on the north part of the beach. Scott's bluff gets locked in with the tide, and so unless there's another group waiting on the tide to go down, you have the whole beach to yourself which is fantastic.
The beaches of Olympic National Park are not to be missed. And what better way to experience one of these glorious spots than with a nice 2.4 miles hike through the dense woods. THe trail is well maintained and easy enough that I saw quite a few people accomplishing it in flip flops. I, however, prefer at least some light weight hiking shoes or trail runners because we all know how wet and slippery the Olympic Peninsula can get. It's a beautiful hike that opens to a beautiful beach. Perfect for a late afternoon picnic where you can watch the sun setting and the clouds turn pink. Don't miss this one...and be sure to bring your furbaby as this is a dog friendly hike and beach.
Loved this beach. Lovely hike through the woods. Very well maintained trail with light usage for a Wednesday. The beach itself was fantastic! One of the few I have encountered up here with soft sand and almost no rocks. The only issue I could see for someone with mobility problems would be the driftwood at the opening to the beach. Can't wait to go back...
Short hike down through the forest to a beautiful no car access beach. Staying for a sunset would be a bonus. May be challenging for those who cannot navigate steps well or the driftwood that washes ashore and sits at the end of the trail. Loved it here :)
Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! So much nature ☺
Had a great time camping on this beautiful beach.It was kinda packed that weekend as this was one of the "last hoorah's" of nice weather for the summer. A few things we learned...1)pack lighter(ie, a lighter tent,ours could have up to 10 or 12 peeps at a time in it,there were only 2 of us:) #2, Bring a hand saw of some sort!!!, we were chipping away at the driftwood logs to keep our fire going, there are no small search & carry sizes there.. #3 , spread your stuff out so no one can encroach too closely(the family next to us taught us this technique)#4, No need for the "bear containers" biggest threat of food invaders were the coons, which we never saw . .We will definitely go back again with these things in mind!!
A well-maintained hike with steps going down to the beach. Second beach is a beautiful location to view tide pools, sea stacks, wilderness camp, or just enjoy the sand. Lots of interesting wildlife, so make sure you check the tidal charts before you go so you can get really close to the sea stack tide pools. Even a great hike if there isn't suppose to be sun. We went with clouds and fog and the fog surrounding the sea stacks was simple amazing.
As good as it gets .. One of the most amazing surreal places I have ever set foot... The hike is short but has its challenges, but is worth every step.. Rangers were out in force so glad we got our bear cannister and permit .. What a magical place -
One of my all-time favs also. Something I haven't seen mentioned is that camping is allowed with a wilderness permit.
One of my favorite places on the planet - (First Beach also) - something so cool about this place. Kids loved it too. Can't wait to go back.
A very well maintained trail that leads through temperate rainforest to a stellar beach area! We visited the day after a decent sized storm and rolled through and there was a high tide advisory. The crashing waves were an absolutely majestic thing to behold. We'll definitely be back!
This trail was a little longer than my wife was hoping for when we checked out first beach and there was really no trail just a short walk from the parking lot. It was well worth the short walk from the parking lot. Beautiful views and less people than first beach. I believe the trail is closer to ~0.9-1 mile from the parking lot and is well maintained, but has lots of steps. Round trip closer to 2 miles and should take less than half an hour to get to the beach. You'll want to spend a lot more than that once you get there however.