Third Beach hike
This hike takes place on the rugged and powerful west coast of the Olympic Peninsula. This trek is also a great option for anyone wanting to do an easy one-night backpacking trip.
From Forks head north on US-101 for 2.4km. Turn left onto Washington 110 W (aka la Push Rd). Head down 110 for 18.5km. Once you’re in Olympic National Park, watch out for a small parking are on your left.
|When to do|
On the beach, permits required
Yes, at trailhead.
Out and back
Route Description for Third Beach
From the trailhead begin along the wide, flat trail. It will take just under 2.4km of hiking to get down to the ocean. As you meander through the forest, you will be delighted by the dense underbrush and towering trees. Finally, you will begin the sustained descent down to the water’s edge.
When you arrive at the sea you will have to hop across some driftwood covering a creek to get onto the beach. Once you’re on the sand you’ll have to decide which way to go. Regardless of which way you end up going you will have a fantastic time meandering along the expansive sandy beach. We recommend going to both ends of the beach.
Notably, there are several small islands and rock outcroppings that are barely visible to the east (left, if you’re looking out to the ocean). At the very eastern edge of the beach you will find a tall but narrow waterfall. The craggy cliffs on the west side are also quite impressive.
This hike makes for a fantastic, easy one-night backpack, or it can be a fun, beach picnic.
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