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Second Beach Trail

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Lonely Planet Experiences: Excursion to Olympic Mountain National Park
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Lonely Planet Experiences: Excursion to Olympic Mountain National Park

As one of the most diverse ecosystems in the United States, Olympic National Park holds much for the outdoor enthusiast. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is in a remote peninsula nestled along the Pacific Ocean, and its unique biosphere boasts jagged mountain peaks, gorgeous wildlife, and glaciers.<br><br>Your small group excursion (you and up to 9 others) will take a full day, as you are driven to the highlights of what make Olympic National Park so special. The entire tour consists of a few hikes, amounting to roughly 4.5 miles of easy to moderate hiking, with lots of breaks as needed. After Hurricane Ridge, you will stop for lunch, where your guide can recommend the best places to eat. For this tour, dress in layers, as the weather patterns can vary throughout the day. Hiking boots are recommended, though not required, and the hikes require minimal levels of fitness. Return to Seattle at approximately 7:30 pm.
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redhead_roaming wrote a review Jan 2020
Seattle, Washington2,298 contributions449 helpful votes
Second Beach Trail is just the regular trail from where you parked, to the beach. I was a little confused if it was a legit hiking path when researching ahead of time. Most beaches have a short level path to where you parked to the beach but this is definitely a hike, which explains why it kinda has its own 'thing to do' on TripAdvisor. Whether you're hiking out of the beach or towards it, you start by climbing up. It then levels out for a bit and then it drops you down to finish. The walk is very pretty and it's certainly not busy (at least not when we were there on a Monday in September). I would bring a decent pair of shoes to do the walk (i.e. don't do it barefoot or in flipflops).
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Karen M wrote a review Sep 2019
Chicago, Illinois96 contributions30 helpful votes
It takes a while to get to the beach here, but it's a lovely walk through the forest when the weather is good. We had rain and wind gusts. When you get to the beach, you will have to cross a lot of driftwood trees, so this is not the spot for anyone who has mobility issues. The beach has tide pools and sea stacks that are accessible at low tide.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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sunshine_d wrote a review Sep 2019
Brooklyn, New York152 contributions54 helpful votes
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We woke early to catch low tide at 7:10 AM (-1.86 feet), and it was well worth it. The hike in/out was a little challenging for our 5 year old but he had fun climbing over the large pieces of driftwood. We were able to walk out to the sea stacks and see an abundant amount of sea stars and sea anemones. One of the highlights of our ONP trip for sure!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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DonnaPNaperville_IL wrote a review Aug 2019
Naperville, Illinois81 contributions53 helpful votes
We were staying at Quileute Oceanside resort on First Beach (an awesome place) and headed over to Second Beach - the trail is not long, only .70 miles. Heading down tot he beach was interesting-through forest and some steps-and then you arrive at the trailhead-LOTS of driftwood to climb over, which we did not anticipate. However, we took our time and slowly made our way through the maze. The beach was great-loved walking from end to end and seeing anemones and starfish in the tidepools. I was amazed at the number of people heading down to the beach carrying lots of gear to camp on the beach-must be an awesome experience.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Sarah wrote a review Jul 2019
Port Orchard, Washington531 contributions155 helpful votes
We backpacked the .75 mile trail in to spend one night on the beach. The short hike is nice: it's mostly level until you decline when close to the ocean. There are beautiful, unique, large trees along the path. There were so many people camping on the 4th of July weekend that we could almost reach out our tent and touch our camp neighbors. People lit off fireworks after dark although fireworks are prohibited on the beach. Be prepared with a copy of the tide tables. During low tide you can go out and explore small caves in the sea stacks and see tide pools with sea anemones, sea stars, mussels, Dungeness crab and more! The beach is long. You can walk to the end at low tide for more caves and tide pools. There is a crude toilet near the end of the trail at the beach. It is not serviced. Bring your own toilet paper and hand washing supplies. There are two outhouses at the trailhead. There is the famous hole in rock. If the timing is right, you can watch the sunset through the hole in the rock and get some amazing photos. If you want to camp, you need to get a permit from the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles and also store all your food in a bear canister to keep the raccoons out of it. Canisters are available to rent at the Visitor Center. Only take photos and leave only footprints.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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