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Shi Shi Beach Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Neah Bay, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 6.7 mi Elevation gain 583 ft Route type Out & Back
Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Beach Cave Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Rocky Scramble Fee No dogs
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Note: Users have reported that the road to the beach is currently closed. Note: Parking for overnight is $20 (cash). Short day hike to Shi Shi beach, or an easy overnight trip with camping on the beach or in the wooded areas just behind the beach.

Makah Recreation Pass is required to park. Backcountry camping permits required to camp within the national park, available at wilderness information center in Port Angeles.

Makah Tribe PO Box 115 Neah Bay, WA 98357 Tel: 360.645.2201 Olympic Wilderness Information Center 600 East Park Ave Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel:360.565.3130

From Port Angeles, 5 miles west on US 101 to Highway 112. Right (north) for 63 miles to Neah Bay. Left on Cape Flattery Road for 3 miles. Left on Hobuck Beach Road, cross the Waatch River. Hobuck Rd becomes Sooes Beach Rd. Cross the Sooes River to the trailhead on the right Driving Directions: From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 64 miles to the community of Neah Bay. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Neah Bay. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Just past the Makah Tribal Museum is Washburn's, where you can purchase the required recreation pass. Continue west on Bay View Avenue for a scant mile, to the end of the straight road, then begin following brown signs for "Cape Flattery". Turn left on Fort Street for one block, then right on 3rd Street (unmarked). In another block (0.1 mile), turn left on Cape Flattery Road. (The sign is partway down the road.) Follow this road 2.5 miles, then turn left over the bridge onto Hobuck Road. Staying on the main paved road, follow signs for the fish hatchery. Pay close attention to the speed limit, which fluctuates between 15, 25, and 35 mph. Drive to the parking lot at the trailhead (day use only), located on your right at about 5 miles.

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Richard Clarke
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HikingMuddy

Shi Shi is one of the world’s premier wilderness beaches. The trail through the rain forest on Makah Nation land is muddy, even in summer. Once at the headland, the NPS has built a magnificent set of cedar stairs to allow a safe descent and ascent. The beach itself is gorgeous with sweeping views to Point of Arches and north to the mountains of Vancouver Island. One of the premier spots in Olympic National Park. 8+ miles RT to Point of Arches. Trail is now closed by the Makah due to Covid.

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Eloise MOREAU
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HikingClosed

The road to go in shi shi beach is closed

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Darryl .
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CampingMuddy

Base camp. Cold weather. Ice on the forest floor. Rain. Something circling the camp overnight. So happy to have experienced this place. It was abandoned completely. Never saw another person. The hike in took an hour of deep mud and fallen trees. The hike out going back to the trailhead seemed to take hours but it was well worth it. Saw a lot of wildlife and it was a great experience. The sound of the waves crashing over the rocks was the most beautiful sound to hear before falling asleep. i will say i have been in mountains, forests and swamps my entire life. I've been around every major predator from bears to 14 ft alligators. i know how animals sound. i have no idea what was in my camp that night. it was big. very big. the park was abandoned. we made camp on a flat rock surface in the treeline away from the tide lines. i could not find tracks. this thing just circled us. be safe out there. enjoy the beautiful PNW but always ensure you are safe. I advise against being there alone in the winter when the park is mostly abandoned for months.

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Amanda Cherkauskas
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HikingMuddy

Super muddy. I recommend tall waterproof hiking boots and gaiters. Beautiful views!!

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Rob Pa-den
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Muddy

The trail is still pretty muddy. It starts off fine but after about a mile it turns into one big mud bath. It is manageable but it really slowed me down calculating every step for about half a mile. I did it in a high top gtx hiking shoes, but would recommend a boot that goes up to at least mid calf or higher. I wouldn't recommend doing it in a trail running shoe, you will probably loose it.

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Kevin Arakaki
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Anna McNeely
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HikingFloodedMuddy

As previous reviews mention this Trail was super muddy in the last maybe half mile or more. I would recommend proper shoes. I even managed to get my foot soaked in my boots, it just sank deep in the mushy muddy puddle. But pretty worth it at the end. We had the entire beach to ourselves.

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Duane Mach
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HikingBlowdownMuddy

This hike is exactly what all the reviews have stated. Lots of water mud, mud, mud, and too much fun. I like squishing my way through 3-4 inches of mud. the trail down to the beach was VERY steep.... lots of hand rails bet steep none the less. We saw eagles, eagles, and more eagles. certainly worth the hike back up to the trail. Great adventure. Stop at the grocery store on the reservation to get you permit. $10.00 for the year and good for all trails on the reservation.

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Frank Nichols
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HikingMuddy

Nice trail. Beware of the mud if it’s been raining. There’s a serious mile or so with ankle deep mud after you turn left adjacent to the ocean. Some parts there is a trail on the mound on the right. Also, the trail goes down to the beach once you reach the first camping area (about 2.5 miles). I found no choice but to walk on the beach. Bring a tide chart, there isn’t much of a place to go if the tide comes in, you’ll be stuck. Overall it was nice and pretty and I would definitely camp at the first site in better weather. Probably an easy trail if it wasn’t for the mud and bad weather.

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Kirsten Hedlund
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I loved this trail and I stayed overnight alone. This was a amazing experience for myself when I arrived I set up camp on the beach and immediately began collecting fire wood. Later in the evening another couple came and set up camp about 30-40 feet away from me and I invited them over for a fire since they had no fore wood we drank wine and chatted the next day I woke up and saw some orcas playing in the waters. Went down to the creek to collect water and I was going to boil it but some other friendly campers offered to filter my water for me. I found a phone at the pay station for overnight camping and shipped it back to the owners who were amazing people and sent back a thank you card and a gift card to Starbucks. I will absolutely be back and i love our hiking community!

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Dan Wilson
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Expect mud. Amazing beach.

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Mike Swanton
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Muddy as advertised, deeper than expected with no recent rains. Set up tent on grass just above beach. No bugs. Someone ripped my windshield wiper blade off at overnight parking. Would’ve made a mess of windshield if I’d used wipers

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Keeley Gay
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HikingMuddy

This would be a great trail during the summer months when the trail isn’t as muddy! We went on the trail yesterday (10/20/19) and the last 3/4 mile until shi shi beach was SO muddy. I definitely would not recommend doing this trail at this time unless you have waterproof and mud proof hiking boots! I went in tennis shoes and they got destroyed. However, the view at the end is amazing! The trail is only 4 miles round trip if you’re just trying to see the beach. It took us about 2 hours with all of the slowing down from trying to avoid the mud.

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Krystle Pyrzynski
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Nicole Bellingham
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HikingMuddy

Amazing and diverse hike! From the parking lot you immediately enter into the dense, silent, mossy, damp, beautiful forest. The boardwalk is an easy hike. Then the “muddy part” starts... 9/26/19 not horribly muddy. The worst thing that might happen is mud up to your ankles. It did slow us down, but we were in no rush. Then the steep descent down led to such a unique area along the coast. Then the ocean...ahhhh majestic! You really want to do this hike!!

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Kristen Paris
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Backpacking

Forested trail (largely on a well built, very easy boardwalk) and beach were both lovely, every step of the way. Trail was definitely muddy (thus, slippery) in many places, so poles and shoes or boots with good tread are recommended. There are some short side loops along the trail to avoid some of the worst mud - to the right on the way to beach, left on the way back - never going more than a few feet from the main trail. Very easy trail, with just a bit of uphill on the way out, but that part is almost entirely assisted with excellent handrail, so it wasn't even an issue for aging knees. Note - upon arrival at the beach, there is a rather steep, rougher decent to the beach. But by turning left and staying on main trail at this point, past the toilet, you will eventually arrive at a large sign where the main trail descends on a well built walkway with sturdy handrail. Water is very dark with tannins, which filtering doesn't remove, making some edibles less appealing, but its still safe once filtered. Due to high tides, we camped a bit above the beach in the forest. This proved to be wise, as tides rose quite high. Also, while we were eating at our firepit on the beach (after dark due to late start), we discovered masses of small critters (large bugs and possibly sand crabs?) that crawl out of the sand in response to light, so we would not have wanted to be on the sand sharing our sleeping quarters with so many creepy crawlies. The campsites off the beach (where we still had lovely beach views from our tent, though we could only see point of arches through overhanging tree branches) were only populated by a few large slugs and small spiders, which was vastly preferable to the literally crawling sand. Hiking out with the morning sun just starting to stream through the trees was truly incomparable.

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Laura Aranda
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HikingBugsMuddy

Very muddy. It’s a long hike. We took six kids and they all made it there and back. Very proud of them. The mud is unbelievable.

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Michael Calma
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Alejandro Ponce
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Collin Anderson
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Erin Tillquist
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Joshua Mccleary
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Hiking

Awesome trail, hiked all the way to the end for the sunset :) . Definitely will camp out there next time

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Sterling Thomas
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

beautiful views. very mucky

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