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hiking
22 hours ago

Cloudy day, so we missed the great views at the top.

22 hours ago

Spectacular views! So much to see and explore.

hiking
1 day 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.

Awesome hike!!! Beautiful scenic hike through the forest until you arrive at the gorgeous secluded beach. So glad we made the drive out to it. Really fabulous!

Beautiful even in bad weather

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
4 days ago

Totally worth it!

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
8 days 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
8 days ago

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

I took my wife to second beach and it was her first backpack adventure. the beach was amazing and at night the Bioluminescence was remarkable. we will be doing it again.

hiking
8 days 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.

hiking
9 days ago

Steep hike thats all up hill. Good challenge/workout and amazing view at the top. One of my favorites. Check it out!

Steep tough climb to the top, but the view at the end makes the entire trip worth it!! Also saw some goats along the way.

Very popular trail. Go in the morning to beat the crowd and the heat! There is no water on this trail, so bring plenty. Trust me, you'll drink it. The push to the top is worth it with the reward of a stunning view and lots of mountain goats :) Also, the snow is gone if you are wondering like I was. Small patches for my dog to roll around in to cool off...

hiking
10 days ago

one of the hardest hikes i’ve done but well worth the view. slow and steady and the ropes are much more difficult going down then up!

Hike is about 2 miles each way, starts on a boardwalk and then goes into beautiful trees running parallel to the ocean. Well-marked trail, gets muddy at some points but wasn’t too bad when we went in early September. There’s a very steep descent at the end of the trail down to the beach but it’s fairly short. Beautiful pristine beaches make it well worth it!

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. :)

A perfect way to spend your morning thinking about the things that matter to you. The path down to the beach is well maintained and mostly level without many obstacles or steep grades.

I was lucky enough to enjoy the walk without the fog that moved with the tide on this day. The visibility was roughly 40' when I arrived but quickly improved as the morning progressed.

This is an easy hike for all ages.

hiking
15 days ago

Kicked my ass but totally worth it for the amazing view. It’s steep switchbacks the entire way up, and then for the last leg you have to use ropes to get to the top, but absolutely worth it for the incredible view of Lake Crescent and a great option away from all of the crowds

15 days ago

One of my favorite beaches in Olympic. If you only have time to do one - this one has the best tidal pools.

hiking
16 days ago

This was the first hike while living on the peninsula, that challenged my body in every way. A friend and I, both moms, set out to conquer this hike, and overcome fears.
When we got to the sign that reads “end of maintained trail”., we decided to go on, and keep going.
I didn’t trust my shoes, so I took my shoes off and went barefooted.
There were about 6 rope sections, which I loved.
We went to the right instead of the left, after we finished with the ropes, and perched for a bit.
We had the entire place to ourselves.
We started the trail before the sun rose, which made that view special and spectacular.
I wasn’t sure if I was ready to rock climb to the 360 view, and neither was my friend, so we didn’t attempt out of safety concerns.
The descent was more fun than the ascent when it came to the ropes.
I just, slid down on my tush most of the way and kept tension on the ropes using my left hand.
Overall, this experience was the most challenging, but liberating I’ve ever felt, and that speaks volumes from a chick who charges big waves.

If you go, have fun!

The views are incredible, the hike is challenging, use good form and posture, and claim victory when you make it to either summit!

Started our journey at the lower Ellinor trailhead which added 1.9 miles to our hike. It starts out with a nice incline through the trees with a nice clear trail. Once you get to where the lower and upper trailhead meet, you start heading up switchbacks which get steeper the more you climb and more rocky and root filled with each one. Then it breaks out of the trees and it’s a steep (I mean steep!) climb up the mountain with a trail that is rocky and narrow at times. Near the top you will have to scramble up huge boulders with a hint of a trail as you climb. Once you get through that you follow the trail still another 20 minutes or so to reach the summit. Brutal incline and trail at times. I’m glad I didn’t know how hard it was going to be or I wouldn’t have tried it. It was a cloudy overcast day so we didn’t get to see all the views the summit had to offer but saw mountain goats and chipmunks so that was worth the climb. Coming down was just as daunting due to loose rocks and climbing down using my hands. Hard on the legs as well due to the steep nature of headed down. This trail will test you especially if you aren’t in amazing shape. Kids, dogs and older people were seen on the trail as well so it’s doable just take your time if you aren’t in the best shape. Will be back on a clearer day to see more! Clocked in 8.6 miles starting at the lower trail and over 20,000 steps with 250 flights of stairs per my phone app.

Started at lower trail head. This is the longer route. The trail was a steady incline with rock scramble at the summit trail. Took us about 2.5hrs to get to the top as it is steep and challenging. It was worth it to see two mountain goat at the top. It was cold at the summit so I suggest bringing a jacket. Good hiking shoes a must. Round trip took 5.5 hrs (10 miles logged). It would have been better to go on a clearer day but was still worth it. Not for novice hikers although there were a lot of kids and dogs on the trail. The road into the trailhead is dirt and bumpy. I would go again and just start at the upper trailhead to make the hike shorter.

walking
17 days ago

One of my favorite trails in the United States. This place is absolutely gorgeous… Aesthetically, it is perfect. It is a short trail… Perfect for all ages. This place is an absolute must for anybody in the Pacific Northwest.

Great hike . Tough but well worth it. Started at the lower trailhead for 3.1 miles each way. The small trail sign near the trail head is on the road . Once you start the trail, the larger info sign about the the lower and upper trail is located just inside as you start the hike. Well marked trail and easy to follow footpath.

Easy hike, not the best tide pools but still
Gorgeous nonetheless

hiking
18 days ago

Awesome trail! A friend and I did this hike back in July. Pretty steep incline on the way up. Ropes can be a little intimidating, but they are doable. Gloves would have been helpful. It is well worth the effort when you get to the top and see the views of Lake Crescent!

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