The Quillayute Needles Second Beach Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near La Push, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used 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.
Short climb down to the beach, and then just run around the beach exploring. Beautiful. Not crowded at 8am on Saturday in December.
One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever laid eyes on. We've talked about flying back across the country solely to spend a couple weeks hiking the area. We were there in April and had beautiful sunshine, though per the locals it was the first sun they had seen in 13 days.
We walked down to 2nd beach. It's a very easy hike with slight climbing.
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.