Shine Tidelands State Park is a 13-acre day-use park with 5,000 feet of tideland along Bywater Bay. At high tide, there is little beach available to the visitor.

walking
1 month ago

More like 4.5 stars. Fun beach walk but best at a +4, maybe +5 tide or LESS.

walking
2 months ago

Beware of tides. Check before beginning. Other than that it’s a nice walk. Not hard at all.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

this is a Beach Walk be prepared to get wet

trail running
Monday, May 22, 2017

Loved it! First .5 miles or so has quite a bit of debris but it was fun. Will definitely do it again!

fishing
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

best at low tide - clear view of hood canal bridge and port gamble. Great beach

on Hood's Head Trail

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Great trail. Although it was very muddy in spots when hiking around 'mud bay', it was worth it to see the Hoods Head Dragon.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Nice calm beach. There was people out digging for clams and tons of marine life. I think my dog had more fun then I did running around.

walking
Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Beautiful and quiet beach. No one was there.

walking
Monday, May 23, 2016

It's not so much a trail as a walk along the beach, but it is beautiful. Wear shoes that can handle wetness as it is a tidal marshland in parts. Beautiful vistas of Hood Canal and the surrounding landscapes. Quiet and filled with wildlife. We watched an eagle scout for its breakfast from a low toppled tree. The dog and I got about 30'feet from it before it flew to a higher perch. Then it dazzled us with its flight above us and expert dive for its meal. Highlight of my day!

Note for those with dogs, there are no trash cans at the trail head so be prepared to take any "doggie bags" home with you.

birding
Saturday, September 06, 2014

This trail is labeled as 8 miles and moderate. Depending on which trailhead you start from, the max distance is 4 miles round trip (if that). You can park at the Shrine Tidelands State Park, but you'll need to pay the user fee. If you also go about a mile up the road to Seven Sisters Road and take that to the end. Free parking, not to mention a cool drive in an old-growth forest, but a shorter hike overall (unless you go down to the state park as well).

That being said, this quiet beach is very nice. Not another person in site. Lots of birds and at low tide you are able to wade and see tons of shore crabs and hermit crabs. I look forward to going back during shellfish harvesting season. Lots of big oysters and clams just waiting to be eaten!

hiking
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Loved this! There was no one in site, the beach was beautiful, the birds were amazing, and the small tide pools were great. I enjoyed every minute of it!

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

hiking
8 months ago

hiking
Monday, October 16, 2017

hiking
Monday, August 21, 2017

Monday, May 29, 2017

walking
Sunday, May 07, 2017

walking
Sunday, April 13, 2014