The Quillayute Needles Second Beach Trail

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The Quillayute Needles Second Beach Trail is a 4.5 mile heavily 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 August.

4.5 miles
564 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers


no dogs

From Port Angeles, West for 54 miles on US 101 to La Push Rd (Hwy 110.) Right for 8 miles to Y in road. Left at Y on La Push Rd for 4.5 miles to the trailhead on the left.

21 days ago

Stunning views of the sea stacks and ocean.

1 month ago

It’s a great hike down to the beach but is almost entirely downhill. Once reaching the bottom, there are large amounts of driftwood to navigate before reaching sand. It’s truly a sight once you’re on the beach. The only let down was some trash from humans. The walk back was entirely uphill and tiring. The trail is one lane only so sometimes you have to stand aside to let traffic pass. Be prepared to be a little wore out after traversing sand and the uphill climb combo

3 months ago

Best place on the planet

6 months ago

We hiked here in May 2017. It was a cold and drizzly day, but the hike itself to the beach was pleasant. The beach was so neat! We were there at low tide and got to see the tide pools and all their little critters. I wish it had been a bit clearer, as we couldn't see out into the water very far, but it was still a great experience. And it was amazing how cold that water was!

8 months ago

Been coming here for about 20 years. It's so beautiful and a family favorite. We decided to backpack this time with our 3 kids ages 14, 12 and 8. Easy enough for them. However, I have never seen it as busy as this time. Crazy amount of people hiking down with coolers, cases of beer, etc. Thanks to the internet, this place has gotten very popular. Which makes me wonder about the cleanliness of this beach after tons of people have camped on the beach and left garbAge and their poop behind. There was so much human feces barely buried under the sand. Something needs to change.

8 months ago

Just wonderful!

8 months ago

Love, love, love. My 3 children and I go hiking here every year for the 6 years when we visit the PNW. Also visit 1st and 3rd beach. There is a local restaurant on La Push and if you are lucky enough to be in the area for the Quileute Days...fireworks and all

9 months ago

This was an easy, fun, relaxing hike. We did the hike on a weekday afternoon and it was not too crowded, but the crowds were increasing when we left at 5pm. There was a porta potty at the trailhead.

9 months ago

Two nights here was the highlight of our trip down the coast. We went during the week and missed the crowds.

9 months ago

Beautiful place and plenty of parking

10 months ago

Very peaceful and awesome beach.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Short hike (maybe cause I jogged it) but very eye opening once you make it down the sleek (it was snowing) steps...spits you right out on the beach...stacks to the right and second to the left are scalable and beautiful views from up was hailing/snowing while I was on top of the stack with made it EPIC!!

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Short climb down to the beach, and then just run around the beach exploring. Beautiful. Not crowded at 8am on Saturday in December.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

One of the most beautiful beaches I've ever laid eyes on. We've talked about flying back across the country solely to spend a couple weeks hiking the area. We were there in April and had beautiful sunshine, though per the locals it was the first sun they had seen in 13 days.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

We walked down to 2nd beach. It's a very easy hike with slight climbing.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Must see!!!! Good hike, not too hard! Worth the trip:) love love love this beach!

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

The actual trail is only .7 miles to the beach. The rest of the hike is South down the beach. It ends when you can't go any further because of the rocks and terrain. Basically where the beach ends. Still really pretty and a nice walk. Plan your trip durning low tide to see all the tide pools and little creatures living in them.

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Very beautiful area, with the added bonus of a nice walk through the wood, (a few steps in the end before the beach, not a favorite of my wife), Arrived to late to explore the beach to much, but it did give us one of the most spectacular sunsets I have ever seen! (Don't forget you have to walk in the woods to get back to your car, make sure you have some kinda light, it got VERY dark in the woods after sunset)

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We were fogged in but it was still warm and beautiful and the kids played in the surf.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wonderful experience and great personal challenge to keep going.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

This was a spectacular trail. In my opinion, it is more beautiful than the Hoh Rainforest. When you reach the beach it's simply breathtaking. I thought it was pretty easy with some climbing but there is no rush. You'll want to move slow to take it all in.

Friday, March 25, 2016

The Olympic coast will make you fall in love with Washington all over again.

We did a 3 day, 2 night trip starting at Second Beach, moving along the inland trail to third beach, and then eventually Scott's bluff. There is nothing quite like taking an afternoon nap in the sun with the sound of the waves crashing near your tent. The sand bugs are pretty bad so wear longer socks to avoid their bites on your ankles.

In terms of what to see and do, there isn't much down time if you're looking for activities. The tide pools are fun to go exploring, along with caves that can only be accessed in the right tide, and obviously there are the views of the sea stacks and the ocean itself. The trails from beach to beach are fairly well maintained but require some work to climb the ropes up the steep hills. Keep track of where the running water is if you're planning to fill up. Lastly, if you get to Scotts Bluff early, you can set up camp on a flat sandy area on the north part of the beach. Scott's bluff gets locked in with the tide, and so unless there's another group waiting on the tide to go down, you have the whole beach to yourself which is fantastic.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The beaches of Olympic National Park are not to be missed. And what better way to experience one of these glorious spots than with a nice 2.4 miles hike through the dense woods. THe trail is well maintained and easy enough that I saw quite a few people accomplishing it in flip flops. I, however, prefer at least some light weight hiking shoes or trail runners because we all know how wet and slippery the Olympic Peninsula can get. It's a beautiful hike that opens to a beautiful beach. Perfect for a late afternoon picnic where you can watch the sun setting and the clouds turn pink. Don't miss this one...and be sure to bring your furbaby as this is a dog friendly hike and beach.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Loved this beach. Lovely hike through the woods. Very well maintained trail with light usage for a Wednesday. The beach itself was fantastic! One of the few I have encountered up here with soft sand and almost no rocks. The only issue I could see for someone with mobility problems would be the driftwood at the opening to the beach. Can't wait to go back...

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Short hike down through the forest to a beautiful no car access beach. Staying for a sunset would be a bonus. May be challenging for those who cannot navigate steps well or the driftwood that washes ashore and sits at the end of the trail. Loved it here :)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL! So much nature ☺

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Had a great time camping on this beautiful beach.It was kinda packed that weekend as this was one of the "last hoorah's" of nice weather for the summer. A few things we learned...1)pack lighter(ie, a lighter tent,ours could have up to 10 or 12 peeps at a time in it,there were only 2 of us:) #2, Bring a hand saw of some sort!!!, we were chipping away at the driftwood logs to keep our fire going, there are no small search & carry sizes there.. #3 , spread your stuff out so no one can encroach too closely(the family next to us taught us this technique)#4, No need for the "bear containers" biggest threat of food invaders were the coons, which we never saw . .We will definitely go back again with these things in mind!!

Friday, September 05, 2014

A well-maintained hike with steps going down to the beach. Second beach is a beautiful location to view tide pools, sea stacks, wilderness camp, or just enjoy the sand. Lots of interesting wildlife, so make sure you check the tidal charts before you go so you can get really close to the sea stack tide pools. Even a great hike if there isn't suppose to be sun. We went with clouds and fog and the fog surrounding the sea stacks was simple amazing.

Monday, August 11, 2014

As good as it gets .. One of the most amazing surreal places I have ever set foot... The hike is short but has its challenges, but is worth every step.. Rangers were out in force so glad we got our bear cannister and permit .. What a magical place -

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

One of my all-time favs also. Something I haven't seen mentioned is that camping is allowed with a wilderness permit.

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