Shi Shi Beach Trail

MODERATE 192 reviews

Shi Shi Beach Trail is a 6.7 mile moderately 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.

Distance: 6.7 miles Elevation Gain: 583 feet Route Type: Out & Back

camping

hiking

nature trips

surfing

bird watching

running

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

fee

no dogs

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.

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

hiking
bugs
muddy
5 days ago

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.

hiking
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
muddy
washed out
6 days ago

hiking
muddy
13 days ago

hiking
muddy
14 days ago

hiking
17 days ago

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

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
18 days ago

beautiful views. very mucky

hiking
rocky
28 days ago

You have to visit the rangers station to get a permit and there is no free overnight parking. I carried my toddler to the rope climb and back in two nights in August. This beach is exactly what I wanted, an easy hike along a secluded beach with no garbage everywhere. It seems lots of families frequent here. The water is cold and the riptides strong so we stayed on the beach and explored the low tides. The far southern tip and beyond is the most interesting area to explore. It has really slow and technical walking. Only complaint is too much trash in the woods. Best parts are the rock formation, the low tide and its ecosystem.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Pretty easy and flat except going down to the water. Really beautiful! So fun!!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Worth the views!!!

hiking
1 month ago

One of the most serene and peaceful trails I've ever done. Nothing quite compares to walking down the beach towards Point of the Arches.

hiking
1 month ago

Completed this trail in mid July. There were some issues with mud during the initial stretch. Nothing too challenging to walk around. Bring sun protection for hiking along the beach and bug spray for when you're in the woods. The walk along the beach to the arches is beautiful, plenty of marine life to see when the tide is low. We did it as a day hike but were definitely jealous of those making the overnight trip.

hiking
1 month ago

Did a quick overnight backpacking trip with my boyfriend here and it was amazing! Lots of mud though. Got a beautiful campsite with an established fire pit and some logs that were placed in the sand that we ended up using as a shade structure. We hiked down the beach to the point of arches at sunset and it was well worth it. Then had a fire and enjoyed the stars and the moon rise. Not bad for my first backpacking trip. Watch out for banana slugs on the trail tho, I think we found one that someone accidently stepped on! Also a walking stick is clutch if you're backpacking.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I did see lots of mud, but also lots of well-established bypasses. An easy 2.2 miles to the beach, then a pretty amazing beach. Worth the effort. Also, you have to get a permit from the Makah nation - go to the gas station in Neah Bay - to hike this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

lots of chatter about mud but there was very little to speak of ... the beach .. wow!!! .. amazing ! ... the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon...

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Second time visit to the trail. Love it...it’s about the journey and the destination on this one. However, both times it was muddy. Bring hiking boots and/or walking stick. Trail itself says 2 miles each way...depends on what you do at the end, I guess. (Beach walk, etc.)

hiking
2 months ago

Wonderful walk, the approach through the forest, albeit a little muddy at times, is peaceful, and the first view of the sublime beach coming out from the woods is absolutely breathtaking. If you go all the way to the end of the beach, views around the corner are amazing still.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

There is a beautiful reward at the end of this hike. Especially if you go early, there is no one on the beach. We hiked it on July 10th and it is extremely muddy. Here is a highlight video with some incredible footage at the end - https://youtu.be/naUvsuUX91U

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Trailhead is within the Makah Indian Reservation, parking. Starts through forest, lots of berry bushes, some muddy areas. When you get to the sign that says you have arrived in the Olympic National Park you are a steep decline down to the beach access. You can camp here, or hike further down the beach to Point of Arches. Just know the tide schedules so not to get stuck out there at high tide! Beautiful beaches.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Trail had some muddy spots, but wasn’t too bad. Salmon berries are starting to ripen along the trail, which my kids loved. We camped half way down the beach near the first creek, and then hiked down to Point of the Arches and beyond during our Saturday. Loved watching the eagles in the surf hunt at dusk while relaxing by the fire!

backpacking
3 months ago

Beautiful long beach to spend a weekend at.

hiking
3 months ago

Just a fabulous, out-of-the-way path that reeked of adventure, with a perfect payoff at the end. For me, the 5 star trails are the ones I'd most definitely do again. Loved it. Got a little bit of everything - old growth trees, rainforest feel, expansive beach and little foot traffic. Perfect.

backpacking
3 months ago

My friend and I did this as a quick overnighter. The trail to the beach is 2 miles through a beautiful forest. The trail is muddy but you can get around almost every spot by a side trail, so just look for those! Then when you’re on the beach, it’s 2ish miles to the Point of the Arches. Definitely look at tide charts so you can go when it’s low tide and explore the tide pools and the arches. It was beautiful. The campsites aren’t marked, but if you have a map from the NP then you can make out where they are. It’s really just pick a spot that looks good and camp there! We found one with a really great fire ring and close to the Point of the Arches. There are actually some campsites hidden in the trees but you have to look really hard for those. Also the creeks obviously aren’t running very fast, so honestly I’d just pack in the water you want to use. We brought 4L total and made it just fine without refilling our water once. Also, you need to buy the Makah Permit (we bought ours at the museum. This is for day hikers and overnighters) and then park in a different lot than day hikers park. It’s actually 0.6 mi from the trailhead and then you roadwalk to the trailhead. Parking is $20 total for an overnighter so make sure to have the cash on you. The hike was great and easy and beautiful. Definitely worth a day hike or overnighter.

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