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Shi Shi Beach Trail

MODERATE 117 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

trail running

bird watching

beach

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

scramble

no dogs

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
6 days ago

Easy trail through the forest to the beach. Steep section to actually access the beach, but there are handrails and that part only lasts a second. Surprisingly longer than I expected (2 miles each way, plus wandering along the beach..so we clocked in at 5 ish miles). The trail is VERY muddy at the moment, def wear proper shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty. We went at high tide but still got beautiful views. Would love to come back to camp and see the sunset!

hiking
muddy
24 days ago

It was a beautiful short hike in the forest and on the beach. Wasn’t too crowded before Memorial Weekend. Has seen two otters come by the shore. Wish the trail in the woods was longer, very beautiful!

hiking
muddy
29 days ago

Highly recommend this trail (At least until you get to Point of Arches). It’s a long drive to get there (4.5 hours from Seattle) and the trail is a bit rough to the beach, but the beach is magically and feels like you have it to yourself even with 100 people there. A nice sunny day there is about as great a Washington beach location you will ever get. Tip: Prepare for a muddy trail to the beach, even in July. It’s thick mud and not easy to get around in several spots.

1 month ago

Simple trail that eventually drops down to a beautiful beach with stunning rock formations.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

If you choose to go on this trail even though it’s muddy, look for a trail off to the side to stay out of the mud, in a few areas. Walking stick might show you how deep the mud is.

2 months ago

We loved this trail! The trail to the beach is very muddy, but good fun. the beach is stunning! We didn't hike to the Point of Arches cause the sea stacks at the other end of the beach are amazing as well.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

The first half of this hike was a 2-mile dirt path through the forest. It was a bit muddy at times, but not too bad. The second half was a comfortable 2.5-mile walk on a sandy beach to Point of the Arches. This stretch was breathtakingly beautiful.

backpacking
7 months ago

The trail was beautiful at every turn, and the destination was even better. We backpacked to the beach and did the hike to Point of the Arches. It was unlike anything we’d ever seen before. At low tide we saw starfish and anemones in tidal pools and on the rocks that were exposed. Sea stacks are all around, of course. Be prepared to maneuver a muddy trail; hiking poles helped us immensely. Finding the old rope leading to the beach has now been replaced by stairs was a pleasant surprise.

8 months ago

Awesome hike!!! Beautiful scenic hike through the forest until you arrive at the gorgeous secluded beach. So glad we made the drive out to it. Really fabulous!

8 months ago

Hike is about 2 miles each way, starts on a boardwalk and then goes into beautiful trees running parallel to the ocean. Well-marked trail, gets muddy at some points but wasn’t too bad when we went in early September. There’s a very steep descent at the end of the trail down to the beach but it’s fairly short. Beautiful pristine beaches make it well worth it!

backpacking
8 months ago

It was my first backpacking and it was very pleasant! Overnight parking is easily found on the route to the trail head. Everything was clearly marked on the trail. On the second mile however we did encounter a lot of mud. Not much of a problem. At the end there was a huge descent down to the beach, stairs and railings to help. We camped on the beach out of range of high tide. With sights and wild life that amazed me, I would say 5/5!

backpacking
9 months ago

Was a great trip! We got lucky with dry weather and temps in the 50-60 range. Low tide opened up a lot of tide pools. I’m definitely hoping to make the long drive to come back over sometime.

hiking
9 months ago

Yeah- the trail there is a little muddy right now but not that bad- enjoyed the beach. It wasn't as busy as Rialto but a bit longer to get to some of the rock formations. Still well worth it- And you will need a permit from the Makkahs

hiking
9 months ago

The trail to the beach is a bit muddy, but well marked and easy to follow. Getting down to the beach is a bit of a climb, but easily manageable if you take your time. There were plenty of families with small children hiking without difficulty.

hiking
10 months ago

One of my favorite hikes. June and July usually have less mud. I haven’t been in a few years and the addition of stairs make the decent to beach much easier. Low tide allows you to find sea surprises.

hiking
10 months ago

Very pretty beach, super muddy pretty much the whole way but to be expected when hiking in the rain.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful beach. Very easy hike with very little elevation gain but also pretty muddy.

hiking
Sunday, May 20, 2018

Great easy trail. Little muddy, but that’s part of the fun. Down to the beach is steep, but they have built railings on most of the descent so my dad who is in his 60s without real hiking shoes was able to get down and up without any issues. If you have time , sit and enjoy the waves!

hiking
Friday, May 11, 2018

Went in March of 2017- super muddy but fun hike.

hiking
Friday, April 27, 2018

Awesome hike !!!!! Loved the hike down to the beach

hiking
Friday, April 20, 2018

Breathtaking views. Beautiful ocean. Dark sand beach. In low tide, a wonderful walk on the beach. Parking at the trailhead; you need a Makah Tribe pass in order to park there. You need go across the Makah Reservation to get to the trailhead. The signs are very easy to follow. There are two ways to get there. The trail is easy but muddy in many places. A wooden staircase has recently been put in at the end and provides an easy access down to the beach, so you don't need to use the rope to go down anymore, but if you prefer, the first rope down the steeper way down is still there. Amazing picture opportunities. Very peaceful and gorgeous place.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

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!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

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

Monday, February 26, 2018

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.

hiking
Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, September 25, 2017

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!

backpacking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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

backpacking
Saturday, September 09, 2017

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

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