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Second Beach Trail

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Second Beach Trail is a 1.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Push, Washington that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

Distance: 1.9 miles Elevation Gain: 282 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

no dogs

hiking
5 days ago

It's not much of a hike, more of a short walk, but you are rewarded with spectacular views of the ocean at the end. As I was there at the beginning of December, it was foggy and rainy, but it also made the beach look stunning--raw and virgin. Prepare to climb over some logs to make it onto the sand and bring a raincoat if visiting in the winter.

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

For quick hike (I didn’t camp here): Great in-and-out trail (not a loop as all trails app says), easily doable with light-med load, and all ages. Downhill in so uphill back can be a challenge for elderly or physically-challenged (especially for knee or hip injuries). Portapotties at trailhead so be prepared to hold it if you get to the bottom and have to go. Trail is well-maintained and shaded the whole way. The beach and seastacks at the end are so beautiful.

hiking
3 months ago

Great short hike to the beach. The driftwood at the base of the trail to the sand can be tricky to navigate. Gorgeous beach. Tons of different mushrooms on the trail. I think we counted 16!

camping
3 months ago

Nice short hike to one of the most beautiful beaches. Make sure to be there during low tide so that you can get the full experience of the tide pools around the sea stacks. For camping, get a wilderness permit beforehand since there likely won't be any available at the trailhead (it didn't look like there had been any there for some time when we were there). Make sure to store food and things in a bear canister to protect it from raccoons. The elevation gain of the trail was more than expected when carrying a full pack and once you get to the beach you'll have to climb over a lot of driftwood.

hiking
3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Really great. Functional hike in, doable with a medium backpack load. Open beach with great camping spots and wide sand bar for fun. Got it on a clear day-rare!- and spent 3 hours soaking it up. Camping is less than $10/night, just need a bear bin. Misty in mornings. Incredibly beautiful

hiking
bugs
rocky
4 months ago

visiting is a must! short trail, lots of bugs be on the look out on high branches for eagles and on the distant island beds beds for puffins!

hiking
4 months ago

Easy hike, gorgeous beach. Some easy log hopping involved between the end of the trail and the actual beach destination.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful easy trail to the beach. Hardest thing is climbing all the driftwood logs once at trails end.

backpacking
5 months ago

Awesome quick and easy backpacking. Lots of beach to spread out. Low tide brings out the natural aquariums to explore.

hiking
5 months ago

So beautiful, especially at sunset! Very easy, just make sure you are prepared to climb stairs and driftwood!

camping
6 months ago

Head to the trail early if you're planning to hike & camp at the beach! camping tips: -Grab a bear can at one of the ranger stations at olympic national park visitor center -pack only what is needed to camp -eat most foods by the end of the night and leave nothing out, or pack foods / toiletries in bear can -camp above hightide! the walk down to the beach was doable but pack light or take multiple trips. you'll have to maneuver through the washedup piles of drift wood. view at night was so phenominal. the rocks at bay were beautiful. we stayed warm by the fire. beautiful hike and sites :)

hiking
7 months ago

lovely walk through the forest and around the beach. water was too high to go through the arch but was still worth it

hiking
7 months ago

April 25 Beautiful beach! Easy hike. There are stairs to get down to the beach. Lots of large drift wood to climb over when you get to the beach. Strollers not recommended. Porta Potties at trail head. Large parking lot with overflow lot down the road.

hiking
muddy
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Excellent views and well maintained! Stairs aren’t as much fun on the way back up, but well worth it for the experience. Be prepared to climb over logs at trail’s end and time visit with the tide so you can explore more!

hiking
10 months ago

Easy hike down to beach. High tide, so I had fun traversing the drift wood piles down the beach.

hiking
10 months ago

Amazing trail with great views from the beach. Easy hike in and out. Very well maintained. Check out the fork tree on your way to the beach.

hiking
Wed Nov 14 2018

We did this right after 3rd Beach and I think we probably liked this one better. Quite a longer trek to the beach then 3rd, with more elevation change but still not challenging. We got to the beach as the fog started to roll in which painted a pretty amazing backdrop. Limited parking so during peak times it’s likely difficult.

backpacking
Mon Sep 10 2018

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.

Sat Sep 01 2018

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

hiking
Sun Jul 29 2018

Easy downhill walk through a forest that opens up to a beach. The hardest part is climbing over the driftwood to get onto the beach. It rains often in La Push so odds are it’ll be raining or start raining when you’re there.

Mon Jun 25 2018

Be prepared to scramble over piles of driftwood trees. The reward is a stunning beach where at low tide you can walk to the sea stacks and see starfish and more clinging to the sides. Low tide the day we went was -2.5, super low! We were able to walk on sand the whole way. Check the tide charts before you go.

hiking
Fri Jun 08 2018

Good mix of forest and beach. On a weekday wasn’t terribly crowded and it’s exhilarating to go rock-hopping out to the big mesa-looking thing and snap a pic or two.

Fri Jun 01 2018

Perfect hike to a perfect beach... Bring Your Beer and watermelon !

Sat May 26 2018

Mellow trail with an awesome coastal view at the end

hiking
Thu May 10 2018

Great beach. A short hike through the woods and them you arrive at the beach. Amazing views of rocks, waves and sea stacks.

Sat Mar 17 2018

Beautiful, could sit at the beach all day. The views are amazing. Closer to the beach (at the last .05) are a bunch of stairs going down, when you get to the beach you have to cross/climb over drift wood to get on the beach. Not suitable for everyone.

Mon Jan 08 2018

Camped on beach New Years eve- full moon and sunrise -beautiful! amazing place! Take the short hike down to see this stretch of awesome beach!

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