Hood's Head Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews

Hood's Head Trail is a 3.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Port Ludlow, Washington and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.3 miles
236 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




nature trips

sea kayaking



The protected cove, Bywater Bay, between Hood's Head Island and the Quimper peninsula provides a sheltered location perfect for sea kayaking or canoeing. The beach trail runs for approximately a mile until it reaches a stream that drains from a salt marsh into the cove. The stream is wadeable at extreme low tide only. From the stream a sand spit leads to the island, which holds summer cabins and is privately owned. The salt marsh also has a trail circling it, though that is often boggy and rough. There is a small great blue heron rookery near the marsh.

trail running
2 days ago

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

14 days ago

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

16 days ago

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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.

8 months ago

Beautiful and quiet beach. No one was there.

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.

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!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

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!