Shi Shi Beach Trail

MODERATE 144 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

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
4 hours ago

hiking
muddy
1 day ago

Second time visit to the trail. Love it...it’s about the journey and the destination on this one. Trail itself says 2 miles each way...depends on what you do at the end, I guess. (Beach walk, etc.)

hiking
5 days 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
10 days 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
20 days ago

hiking
21 days 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
22 days 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
1 month ago

Beautiful long beach to spend a weekend at.

hiking
1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
1 month ago

Excellent hike thru a mini rain forest (watch for side spur trails where muddy). Beach was idyllic. We got super lucky as is was clear skies, no wind, and LOW TIDE!!! We got to walk out to the arches. Walked back with shoes off on the pristine beach. Top hiking spot for us.

1 month ago

Flat trail to the beach. Most of the elevation change was going down to the beach/back up to the trail. A little muddy in some portions of the trail, but there are nice side trails to take so you don't need to slosh through the mud. The beach is beautiful and the tide pools are AWESOME!

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked Shi Shi Trail on June 10, 2019 after having it set as a goal for FIFTEEN YEARS! Mark it. Anyway trail is exactly as described in other reviews. Easy walk, mostly flat, muddy spots, easy walk arounds which are cool little trails in themselves. Lots of great bugs and wildlife, awesome trees, and finally the amazing beach. Took our kids, two boys age 9 and 12. We did not make it to the Arches although we had an incredible day. Will be back, I think and looking forward to exploring the other beaches to the south. 5/5 stars. Trying to get pics to load...

hiking
muddy
2 months 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
2 months 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
2 months 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.

2 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

4 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
4 months ago

hiking
8 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
9 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.

10 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!

10 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
10 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
10 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
11 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
11 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
Thursday, July 19, 2018

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
Wednesday, July 11, 2018

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

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