Shi Shi to Ozette River Beach Trail

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Olympic National Park

Shi Shi to Ozette River Beach Trail is a 17.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near La Push, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Distance: 17.6 miles Elevation Gain: 2,493 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

rock climbing

walking

bird watching

running

beach

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

no dogs

The trail starts at a trailhead Shi Shi beach. Be sure to get a permit in Neah Bay. Hike through an old growth forest of Sitka Spruce. Be careful for mud on the trail. After emerging from forest you will see amazing haystacks and rock formations. You can hike for miles on the beach to Point of Archs

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scramble
8 months ago

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over grown
9 months ago

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9 months ago

This was one of the most varied trails I have hiked. We actually started at Ozette trailhead (camped at a nice spot at Lost Resort), camped at North Ozette (be sure to cross the river at low tide), and then on to Shi Shi and then hired a shuttle driver to take us back to the car. The trail included rainforest, stretches of beach, scrambling across rocks and tide pools, and traversing overland passes via ropes. I was with my 12 year old nephew and 15 year old niece and they did great although they found it challenging. Pay attention to the tide schedules when you are coming around the rocks. Such a cool, cool hike!

hiking
10 months ago

We really enjoyed this hike despite the mud! Somehow, for the last half mile or so, we lost the trail and walked along the beach which was just beautiful.

hiking
10 months ago

My wife and I hiked this section of the coast, but continued through to Rialto where we had left our car 4 days earlier. We used Willie Nelson’s shuttle service to pick us up from Rialto beach and drop us at the Shi Shi trailhead in Neah Bay. The hike was amazing and very challenging in some spots - huge boulders just south of Shi Shi are challenging and the slippery kelp-covered rock reef between yellow banks and Norwegian Memorial , demanded a slow and hyper awareness of your next foothold. Trekking poles are a 100% must for this section. Truly an amazing hike and should be experienced by anyone looking for a different kind of hike. Although take caution and don’t hike above your limits or experience level as this hike has a few tricky stretches.

backpacking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail but definitely a bit more challenging due to the giant rocks and boulders, rope climbs and descent, and sand to walk across. Some places impassible at high tides. Bring some gloves for the ropes. Backpacking out there is amazing though. Don’t forget that the trail mileage starts at Shi Shi Beach itself. You still have about 2 miles to add from the trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

This was an amazing hike. Although wish we hadn't done it in one day. 5 of the 11 miles is pretty grueling with rope work up and over some of the points along with massive boulders that had to be crossed. Took us 6.5 hours. Pay attention to the tide schedule or you might get a little wet. Saw eagles, beavers, seals and deer. Campsite at Ozette river was great with big fire pits. We did filter water from the river when the tide was going out. All in all a great day on the coast, but not an easy walk on the beach.

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Wed May 22 2019

We did this summer (July) of 2017. It was an amazing hike. First night we camped at Shi Shi Beach and saw whales playing just offshore. Be prepared for the outdoor toilets as they are nasty. People are disgusting pigs! There are a lot of people too grossed out to use the park toilets, so they somehow feel doing their business in the trees surrounding the area... There were also a ton of people camping illegally on the beach unless that year they gave out hundreds of permits. Next night we camped at the river, I forget the name, and it was great. The boardwalk in the trees heading to the parking lot was a welcome break to a full day in the sun on the beach with no shade. Great hike, would love to do it again.

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Sat Apr 27 2019

backpacking
Tue Aug 21 2018

Thought I was just going to be wandering along the beach, was a lot more enjoyable than I expected. The overland routes were a great surprise. We got lucky in that it was sunny and good weather in the 50-60 range. Would have brought trekking poles and gloves as was recommended. The beach footing was every type—sand, pebbles, mid and large river rock, boulders, igneous type and low tide had seaweed. Awesome. I hope I get back there sometime!

backpacking
Sun Jun 17 2018

nice hike, decided to backpack in and stay a while. amazing sea stacks and whales spouting just off the beach. little steep at the beach head, use the ropes for stability

scenic driving
Mon Apr 25 2016

Beautiful and different then any of the inland beaches but not as fun.

camping
Sat Aug 15 2015

Wonderful for hiking and camping with the family. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
Fri Jul 19 2013

We hiked through a Sitka spruce forest but the trail was muddy. The forest was beautiful but the beach was even more amazing with haystacks and small islands off the beach. We hiked for miles on the beach to the Point of Arches where we saw tide pools and star fish, bald eagles and sea life. We spent 7 hours walking on the beach but you could spend less.

hiking
Mon Apr 08 2013

Start from La Push and hike north along the beach. Trail ends at Ozette Lake Camp Ground. approx. 30 miles long with variable footing. Sand, gravel, stone, and rock beaches with several head-land crossings using cable ladders and ropes. Cross some areas at low tide. Get a permit and bear-can from the forks ranger station. This hike is in my top 5 list of hikes, ever! Can be difficult, but with so few people allowed on this trail at any one point, it makes it like discovering a new world. Scenery is amazing and plenty of things to find on the beach and use to make your camping easier. Highly recommended for the experienced backpacker.

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