Shi Shi Beach Trail

MODERATE 74 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.

6.7 miles
583 feet
Out & Back




nature trips


trail running






wild flowers





no dogs

Short 2 mile hike to Shi Shi beach on the northwest coast of Washington state in Olympic national park. Short day hike to Shi Shi beach, or an easy overnight trip with camping on the beach on in the wooded areas just behind the beach.

8 days ago

Beautiful beach especially at low tide! Muddy the second half, but not a bad hike. Lots of side trails to bypass the mud, take them! We went today (april 10, 2018) and not too much mud. Wear good walking shoes with thick soles or hiking boots. Expect to get muddy!

1 month ago

this Trail is Muddy year round so expect to get muddy it's easy all the way up until the end then it has a steep slope which has a rope to get down to a beach. the water is dangerous though so be careful

1 month ago

The trail is as muddy as they say, there are a lot of side trails to bypass the mud but you’re still gonna get muddy. I’d recommend coordinating your trip for low tide so you can explore the tide pools and more of the beach, plus it’s easier walking on hard packed sand.

6 months ago

The first part fairly flat and quite soggy. Some places there was no way to avoid major mud. Quite steep incline to get to the beach. There are ropes, but I think the descent could be a hindrance for those with knee problems or not in good physical form. Beautiful beach definitely worth the hike.

6 months ago

The trail down to the beach was very muddy. We tried to navigate around the worst of it on the way out but that wasn't worth the extra effort. Just wear shoes that can get muddy and you'll be fine. When you get to the beach the trail descends sharply. If your young and fit you will have no problems but it's rather daunting if you're afraid of heights. It took me 15-20 minutes to guide my wife down (and back up) and if I can get my 65 year old wife with two titanium knees down, younger fitter hikers can make it too. It is all worth the effort for a beautiful hike through a coastal rain forest and spectacular beach!

7 months ago

We just hiked with our 6 and 8 year old daughters. It was a little bit scary the rope part but we made it!

7 months ago

We just hiked with our 6 and 8 year old daughters. It was a little bit scary the rope part but we made it!

8 months ago

Though this was our third trip, my best friend and I brought along two others who had never been to Shi Shi. The weather was perfect and it was great fun watching our friends experience camping on the beach and exploring the Point of Arches for the first time. The muddy section of trail was typical for this time of year and the side trails were easy to navigate. If you are new at this, I highly recommend bringing garden gloves and a walking stick if you are older or have minor knee issues like I do. The best time to go to Shi Shi is during the minus tides. There is an abundance tide pools and places to explore on both the north and south ends of the beach.

8 months ago

That's my favorite place !

8 months ago

Beautiful beach, it's only 2 miles to beach, but the arches are maybe 3 more miles of slow beach walking. camp about a mile down the beach and you will get 4G LTE with Verizon. The closer you get to the Point of Arches, the better cell reception gets. Rangers constantly patrol the beach so bring a bear canister as it is required. The only permit you will need Is the Makah recreation pass that costs $10 for a year, you can purchase this at the marina in Neah Bay. Overnight parking is not allowed at the trailhead, but there is a trailer on your left a half mile before the trailhead. Drop your packs off at the trailhead then send someone back to park the car. Park your car at the trailer where they have a "front lawn" parking lot for $10 a day per car. A mailbox with envelopes and instructions is located on the left (porch side) of the trailer. Bathrooms at the trailhead as well as along the trail are in rough shape. I suggest packing a shovel and extra TP.

8 months ago

This was probably my favorite hike on our trip to Olympic and Rainier. It is complicated--the internet gives many contradictory instructions. We went to the Makah Museum in Neah Bay first. We paid for museum admission and purchased a Shi Shi Beach permit to park on the reservation. The drive to the trailhead was a bit of a hunt, but we made it. The first two miles in the woods are easy. There are huge sections of mud, but there side trails to avoid the mud. The climb down the rooty bluff could be difficult for some, but I did not find it too challenging. We timed out trip to low tide so we could see the tide pools and walk out to the rocks. The tide chart was linked to the NPS website. Right away we found starfish and anemone in a tide pool! We walked all the way down to the point of the arches, which the internet led me to believe would be an additional two miles. We walked around and ate a snack and had a great time. Very few bugs. When we returned to our car approximately four hours later my kids iPhone pedometers said they'd walked closer to 10 miles. ? Could have been that we just bounced around moon among the rocks--or we just walked further than we thought. Beautiful beach with very few people on it and real sense of adventure.

9 months ago

The first part of this trail is newly restored and a delightful walk through beautiful northwest forest. Much of the next section is very muddy which was no fun. Wear high ankle boots to avoid that awful overflow of mud in your shoes. The views at the end are magnificent. We didn't go down to the beach because we arrived at the end of the day. Worth the walk.

10 months ago

Beautiful area, unfortunately I don't agree with the moderate rating on it. We walked the entire trail to find out we were unable to get to the beach. well we may have made it to the beach, just not back up, lol.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Good beach, after it rains though the trail is part stream, part pond, part mudhole. Wear boots!

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

After an easy hike you have to scale down a bluff, which could be difficult for some. There are roots and trees to grab on to. Be careful. Arriving at the beach is amazing. Try and catch it where you can be there for both low and high tide. But if you can only choose one, try for low tide. We found starfish and anenome. Beautiful and peaceful place. We ended up walking down to the point to the south. Looks can be deceiving!!! It's far!!! But I highly recommend this hike.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

great hiking

Tuesday, September 13, 2016


Monday, July 25, 2016

If you haven't done this, go do it now, what an amazing experience, albeit muddy. An absolute lovely hike suitable for any experience level, bring a camera, some things you will absolutely regret not snapping photos of here.

Monday, July 04, 2016

This beach is absolutely stunning and is now my favorite spot. We camped here the entire weekend for 4th of July and it was surprisingly not crowded at all. Make sure you get all of your permits at the WIC and the reservation recreational pass at the Washburn General Store before heading out. Park at one of the private lots for $10/day (don't park overnight at the trailhead.) then walk half a mile down the road to begin your journey.

The trail is super muddy the entire way so waterproof shoes are a must if you don't want cold and wet feet. The trail itself is pretty flat and easy and offers some beautiful scenery. Just before you get to the beach be prepared to scale down a very steep and slippery hillside with some provided rope.

The beach reveal is stunning. Keep walking though down the beach about 2 miles to get to the really good camp spots. Go past Petroleum Creek before you Scott a good spot, because there you'll find nice forested camp sites ticket away in private areas where it's quiet and away from foot traffic. There you can fill up water in the creek (bring a filter!)

We found a fantastic spot near the Point of Arches. Bring a camera and go check out the tidepools for awesome sea life. You have an option of day hiking toward Lake Odette during lie tide, or you can head back toward the trailhead just past it to climb up high to take some great photos. We chose the latter since the tide wasn't cooperating with our timeframe.

This is by far one of the most beautiful places I've been. We definitely will be back again.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Great place to camp for the night. The trail was muddy but nothing a good pair of boots couldn't handle. Camping spots in the woodline can be hard to find so i recommend a tent instead of a hammock like i had. The scenery is awesome and its a great trip to shake off the rust of winter.

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Despite naysayers we chose Shi Shi Beach as our hike in camping experience for the kids (ages 4 and 6). We picked an absolutely stunning weekend and won out. The 2 mile hike to the beach was not as muddy as people said, lots of off shoot trails were created to avoid the mud. Absolutely perfect experience.

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Nice hike. If you have time, I recommend stopping at local pizza dive and hearing some old stories of the beach/area, it all makes sense then! We learned about the beaches name, the reason behind the goofy path, etc, and the pie was good too!

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Not a hard hike at all, but we went 3/24/2016 and the trail was so muddy that we had to trek alternative routes so our hiking boots were not submerged in mud nearly the whole way to the beach. There is a steep part going down to the beach with ropes to assist, but not too bad. I agree with another reviewer that it's much easier coming back up than going down. Overall, nice beach and is even better if the tide is going out---you'll get to explore more as the tide coming in limits exploring the actual beach.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Awesome beach hike, camped at Point of the Arches and explored the tide pools during the day. Great overnight during winter, just look for a wind break.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Incredible trail! The descent down from the end of the trail to the beach was steep, but not as bad as I expected. Much easier to climb back up. I wish we had planned to camp. We spent six hours on the beach and I wish we could have stayed longer. Make time to explore the tide pools and caves after the tide goes out. You'll be glad you did!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Im only giving this trail 4 stars because we couldnt get pass the sign since we didnt know ahead of time about no dogs being allowed. I plan to change that rating to five stars once we do the entire hike. What I can saw is the views from off the trails are spectacular and my husband and I cant wait to complete the full trail. We did find a off trail that lead down to a secluded section of the beach and it was beautiful. Its was quire a steep trail.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Could see where this could be a beautiful hike but the beach was full of garbage from Japan and millions of dead jellyfish. Easy hike though.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Other than having to negotiate a fairly steep section, easy 2+ miler from the private parking lot to the beach. You have to hike up the beach about a mile to get to a water source coming out to the beach from a lake source. Half of our group camped right on the beach, the other half in one of the established wooded camp spots just a bit in from the beach. Except for a few day hikers, pretty much had the beach to ourselves Wednesday night and Thursday. Scored amazingly beautiful weather for beach combing, and some stunningly magical tide pools at low tide.

Monday, September 08, 2014

09/06/2014 - The weather was in the 80's on the beach with virtually no wind. We later found out from a local that this was the best weather of the year. Look for an easterly wind or it's likely to be hazy on the beach (we were told). Low tide was at 5:30pm so we arrived at the trailhead a couple of hours ahead. The first part of the hike is great. The last half is very muddy as the reviews state. There are numerous paths around the mud that people have made, so you can make it with dry feet. Getting to the beach does require a steep decent using guide ropes. Not everyone will be able to do that. Lots of campers on the beach. We'll come back someday and do the same. The sunset was unbelievable. But, like I said, we happened to time it perfectly. Those staying overnight on the beach really won the lotto.

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Friday, May 16, 2014

The only pass you need for day use hiking at Shi Shi Beach (pronounced "shy shy") is the Makah Recreation pass which you can buy at Washburns in Neah Bay.
The first half of the 1.7 mile trail through the forest is quite easy and has been well maintained. There are boardwalks and bridges over extremely wet areas. The second half is very muddy and wet. At many points the mud is simply unavoidable. I sloshed through most of it to avoid contributing to the extra trail making that is occurring around some of the mud holes and ended up half way up my calves in mud.
At the end of this trail, right before getting to the beach is a steep bluff which I easily descended by simply paying attention to natural staircase of root systems and ropes that have been left there for people to use when coming up or down.
The beach is beautiful and the walk to the Point of Arches is well worth the extra effort if you enjoying exploring tide pools.
Refer to a tide chart when planning your trip so you can arrive when the tide is low and experience the wonders and weirdness of tide pool life.
The weather today was amazingly perfect for a long walk on the beach. We saw lots of starfish, crabs and lots of sea anenomies. The bald eagles seem to be everywhere. Perfect beach hike!

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