Third Beach hike in Olympic National Park, Washington

Third Beach hike

Olympic National Park
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Third Beach hike

Distance: 8.1km
Elevation: 92m
Time: 2.5-3.5h

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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.

Third Beach hike Map

Getting there

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.

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About

When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

On the beach, permits required

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead.

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Low

Route Type

Out and back


Third Beach
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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.

Check out more amazing hikes in the Olympic National Park, like the Hoh River Trail, Ozette Triangle or the Obstruction Point hike.

Insider Hints

  • This hike makes for a fantastic, easy one-night backpack, or it can be a fun, beach picnic.

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HIllaryPNW 1 week ago

The destination view is amazing!

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John Savage 2 weeks ago

I love third beach. It is an easy hike. It is quiet and peaceful. The beach and the hike are awesome. Great for a day at the beach.

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Tara Green 4 weeks ago

Amazing trail here that brings you right down to Third Beach with a peaceful view to the ocean

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Tom Pack. 4 weeks ago

Great hike to the beach and a good place for healing of the mind. The nature is wonderful and awesome

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T Rob 1 month ago

An easy hike in, incredible location and I really enjoyed this beach

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Gregory F 12 months ago

A really nice walk on the beach. Great views, amazing feeling if you catch the nice weather.

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Meli22 1 year ago

This beach is so clean and beautiful. I really enjoyed my day out here.

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SandraK88 1 year ago

Everyone here seems like they've enjoyed the ocean. I did too, but the nature in this corner of the world is amazing in general. I recommend everyone to come here at least once.

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Tammy Lee 1 year ago

The ocean was just beautiful!

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Freddo 1 year ago

Great ocean views. I did not see many as nice as this one on my trip.

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