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walking
1 day ago

This short little path was rather popular with the tourists on the day that I visited. But the nice view at the end was worth putting up with the crowds.

pretty much a walk in nature. beautiful trees that drape down and lots of ferns.

hiking
3 days ago

I only made it 4 miles out. The stretch that I hiked was a nice shaded trail that ran alongside the Hoh River.

Fun hike with constant switchbacks. Saw some deer along the way. Moderate to hard level. Great views. Recommend.

hiking
7 days ago

Great trail to get the blood flowing. Due to the shortness of the trail, this is a good choice if you want to get your heart rate up and have limited time. Views from the top are great when not obscured by cloud cover.

backpacking
7 days ago

This was a fantastic 3-day backpacking trip to Blue Glacier and back. The mileage on here isn't correct. It's 17.5 miles one way to Glacier Meadows (35 roundtrip), and then about another mile to the Lateral Moraine, a spectacular view of Blue Glacier. That puts the full trail roundtrip at around 37 miles. There is another spur trail at 17.5 miles in (listed as .8 miles one way I think) to the Terminal Moraine, providing another stunning view of the glacier, this time standing high above where the glacier ends. Both of these steep-climbing trails are well worth the effort. The glacier is definitely the highlight, but the whole hike is gorgeous, with plenty of wildlife, gigantic trees covered in moss, and beautiful views of the Hoh River scattered throughout. My first night was at Mount Tom Creek (~3 miles in). My second night I camped at Elk Lake (~14 miles in), which was a nice campground in the woods. I left most of my stuff there while I hiked with a day pack (smart ranger recommendation) to the glacier and back, then packed up and hiked to Lewis Meadows for the third night. I was on my way out of the park when I stopped at Five Mile Island for lunch and decided it was too nice a spot to leave. I pitched my tent and hiked out and back in after resupplying and registering for two more nights. I definitely recommend staying at Five Mile Island either on the way in or out - it's a beautiful spot on the river, and for my stay, elk showed up before sunset both nights. I think fall is a great time of year for this hike - There are less people, and if you can time it up with good weather, it's pretty ideal. My first day was rainy and the people I saw backpacking out had been in rain the whole trip and seemed miserable. The rest of my trip was around freezing at night and sunny and 60s every day - good stuff. I'm excited to go back.

This was my 2nd hike ever, loved the bridges and stone stairs. Absolutely gorgeous

Worth the

We went with our 5 and 7 year olds in the pouring rain. It was a great length and experience.

A sweet little trail to a lovely waterfall. We walked this Sept 28th and it was not too crowded.

walking
24 days ago

Even though I almost got my girlfriend and I killed on the way there and on the way back, it was a great day.
Such a beautiful beach at any time of day in any weather. My girlfriend and our dog are trying to sleep away the traumatic experience of getting lost in the Olympic national forrest on low fuel and no cell reception. Bring a backpack to carry your stuff- I had a lot of stuff to carry. Oh and we saw a beached whale and four older men that looked like my dad except they were smiling- With the New Balance shoes and puffy vest, scarce hair and strange goatee- if you fit this description and you’re feeling down I highly recommend you visit Ruby Beach.

This is one of my favorite views I have ever viewed.

went on this trail with some friends. it was an awesome trail with plenty to see. the sunset was wonderful and we could see the whales blowing out there air at the surface.

29 days ago

one word.......AMAZING! It combines the beauty of the Oregon coast beaches (large rocks and tons of drift word) and the expanse of sand like the California beaches and of course, the mighty Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Just stunning!!! This is definitely a must do!!!!!

hiking
29 days ago

Short uphill hike, scenic views with some great trails nearby!

on Ruby Beach

hiking
30 days ago

There is a river adjacent to where the beach access is. The river flows into the sea and stopped many people from continuing N up the beach. A couple of girls rolled up their pants and carried their shoes to cross. Its doable, just not something most people wanted to do on a cold , rainy day. We went around low tide. Didn’t find anything in the tidepools. Found a dead whale on the beach which was depressing. Found many crabs or pieces of crabs. Not sure why this beach is beautiful. Found Rialto Beach much more intriguing.

1 month ago

Came here on 09/10 at like 11am. Weather was perfect. Definitely congested in the parking lot but wasn’t so bad once we got down to the beach. Not so much a hike but just a beautiful place to hang for a bit and drink your coffee.

This hike was pretty out of the way down a winding irritating roads that never ends it seems. Also, there are a decent amount of people here so you aren’t really ever alone. This is such an absolutely magical place. We were here on 09/09 in the afternoon. Was kind of an overcast day but that didn’t have any affect on the beauty. We had binoculars on us and that made this one of my Fiancé’s favorite parts of our trip. There was a far off rock covered in seals that were jumping on and off the rock and you could see swimming around. Kind of cool to see them in the wild.

1 month ago

Spectacular views! So much to see and explore.

hiking
1 month ago

Hard to describe how special and beautiful this beach is. We were visiting from Philadelphia and Ruby Beach left us speechless. Originally planned on an hour here but spent close to 4 exploring and watching the tide come in. I think about this afternoon all the time.

So beautiful... tons of hikes and camping. This is a must see!!!

Beautiful hike! It's about a mile out and a mile back and very scenic the whole hike with amazing views in the middle and at the end. A little up and down, wood planks cover part of the trail with exposed tree roots on a dirt trail. Trying to be very specific for people who may have joint issues. I have trekking poles and that really helped my knees A LOT! The drive there is rather tedious.... Lots of switch backs, very long. I definitely recommend this, but this driving at night (I did) is scary.

hiking
1 month ago

Totally worth it!

Very pretty and super quiet. Almost had trail to ourselves. This was a last min decision and glad we found it. Pretty and quiet. Huge old growth trees.

THIS IS CLOSED - NOT ACCESSIBLE AS OF SEPTEMBER 11. The road to the trailhead is closed until October 5 apparently - the road closes about 5 miles from the trailhead (I recommend driving the open part anyway, as it’s beautiful), so maybe you’d be able to walk if you were super keen... but I wasn’t that keen hahaha

nature trips
1 month ago

This is my favorite place in Washington! This area is so beautiful and I recommend it for everyone. I think everyone who lives in the PNW should go here at least once because it is so stunning.
My family and I went in the summer so we found that it was pretty crowded but not overly so that it took away from the sight-seeing. It was sunny but cold even in summer so make sure to wear layers! Also: parking can be hard to find.
The trail is easy and short so I don't even consider this a hike. It is easy enough that people don't come here for the workout; they come for the sights!

hiking
1 month ago

Arguably the best beach in the state. I loved the rocky outcropping and the pretty cliffs and beaches.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a bit raining but I enjoyed my trip to Ruby beach. It wasn't too cold at all. I love the rock formations. It is simply beautiful.

Easy hike on boardwalked path with great views at multiple points. Well-maintained, although the bathrooms at the trail head left something to be desired. :)

hiking
1 month ago

In early August, this trail was dry and easy to follow for 3/4 of the hike, but the final quarter to the waterfall was a bit more challenging as the incline was quite steep. There are lots of uneven stairs to aid. My 65-year-old dad, who has bad knees, completed the hike with the aid of a hiking stick.
The waterfall was beautiful, but I’m sure would be incredible in the spring. The hike starts and ends at the beautiful, clear Lake Crescent. It was gorgeous.
I took away one star due to the crowds on the trail.

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