Shi Shi Beach Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Neah Bay, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and surfing and is accessible year-round.
Short 2 mile hike to Shi Shi beach on the northwest coast of Washington state in Olympic national park. Short day hike to Shi Shi beach, or an easy overnight trip with camping on the beach on in the wooded areas just behind the beach.
If you haven't done this, go do it now, what an amazing experience, albeit muddy. An absolute lovely hike suitable for any experience level, bring a camera, some things you will absolutely regret not snapping photos of here.
This beach is absolutely stunning and is now my favorite spot. We camped here the entire weekend for 4th of July and it was surprisingly not crowded at all. Make sure you get all of your permits at the WIC and the reservation recreational pass at the Washburn General Store before heading out. Park at one of the private lots for $10/day (don't park overnight at the trailhead.) then walk half a mile down the road to begin your journey.
The trail is super muddy the entire way so waterproof shoes are a must if you don't want cold and wet feet. The trail itself is pretty flat and easy and offers some beautiful scenery. Just before you get to the beach be prepared to scale down a very steep and slippery hillside with some provided rope.
The beach reveal is stunning. Keep walking though down the beach about 2 miles to get to the really good camp spots. Go past Petroleum Creek before you Scott a good spot, because there you'll find nice forested camp sites ticket away in private areas where it's quiet and away from foot traffic. There you can fill up water in the creek (bring a filter!)
We found a fantastic spot near the Point of Arches. Bring a camera and go check out the tidepools for awesome sea life. You have an option of day hiking toward Lake Odette during lie tide, or you can head back toward the trailhead just past it to climb up high to take some great photos. We chose the latter since the tide wasn't cooperating with our timeframe.
This is by far one of the most beautiful places I've been. We definitely will be back again.
Great place to camp for the night. The trail was muddy but nothing a good pair of boots couldn't handle. Camping spots in the woodline can be hard to find so i recommend a tent instead of a hammock like i had. The scenery is awesome and its a great trip to shake off the rust of winter.
Despite naysayers we chose Shi Shi Beach as our hike in camping experience for the kids (ages 4 and 6). We picked an absolutely stunning weekend and won out. The 2 mile hike to the beach was not as muddy as people said, lots of off shoot trails were created to avoid the mud. Absolutely perfect experience.
Nice hike. If you have time, I recommend stopping at local pizza dive and hearing some old stories of the beach/area, it all makes sense then! We learned about the beaches name, the reason behind the goofy path, etc, and the pie was good too!
Not a hard hike at all, but we went 3/24/2016 and the trail was so muddy that we had to trek alternative routes so our hiking boots were not submerged in mud nearly the whole way to the beach. There is a steep part going down to the beach with ropes to assist, but not too bad. I agree with another reviewer that it's much easier coming back up than going down. Overall, nice beach and is even better if the tide is going out---you'll get to explore more as the tide coming in limits exploring the actual beach.
Awesome beach hike, camped at Point of the Arches and explored the tide pools during the day. Great overnight during winter, just look for a wind break.
Incredible trail! The descent down from the end of the trail to the beach was steep, but not as bad as I expected. Much easier to climb back up. I wish we had planned to camp. We spent six hours on the beach and I wish we could have stayed longer. Make time to explore the tide pools and caves after the tide goes out. You'll be glad you did!