Backpack to Toleak Point

Washington Third Beach Trailhead

Added by Erik Turner

Amazing scenery with sounds of the ocean and gorgeous backcountry beaches. You will see sea-stacks and tide pools, with easy hiking, and great camp spots.

Start off hiking down to the very popular Third Beach, starting from the Third Beach TH near La Push, WA. Once down at the beach, push on beyond the sometimes crowded beach and enter one of the most amazing places in WA.

Be careful of tides (check the charts!) and be comfortable scrambling up and down slippery muddy trails (there are handlines of decent quality). What you gain for all the hard work, however, is ever decreasing crowds, and increasing beauty, until the crescendo.... Toleak Point.

Heaven on earth! Sea stacks, beaches, flat spots off the beach for camp... this place has it all. Hopefully you're lounging around in good weather, but our trip was half fog and half sun, and we had a blast the whole time.

Pack List

  • Tent
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Food
  • Water bottles - water is slightly annoying to obtain, if only because of the ever present large body of undrinkable water under your toes; you can filter water from creeks about 1/2 mi from the point
  • Jacket - it gets chilly at night!
  • Camera
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Chillin, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

17 Miles

Elev. Gain:

250 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Beach
Forest
Scenic
Swimming Hole

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5 months ago

Gorgeous views, but watch out for the headland trails!

The headland trails you have to climb up and over along this trail are no cakewalk, ropes are provided but you are still scaling quite vertical bluffs, and with a full pack on it can get a little dicey, especially when the bluffs are wet! There was also a ranger checking every group's permits when I was there the first week of September so definitely make sure you secure one before heading out. The sea stacks are very impressive and make the perfect foreground for night photography!

5 months ago

7 months ago

Permits are required :)

Thanks for the review, Cristal. A minor correction is that you DO need a permit. It is a wilderness area within Olympic NP. See this link for the map showing the camp location: https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/upload/1-16-15.pdf

7 months ago

11 months ago

Stunning scenery and excellent backpacking!

This is a wonderful backpack that I would recommend to any experience level! The most beautiful sunsets I've ever seen are on this coastal hike. Be sure to plan for the tides and keep an eye on the time- otherwise you won't be able to pass certain areas. You don't need a permit and it's not too crowded.

11 months ago

Added by Erik Turner

Skiier, climber, photographer... addicted to being outside! Feel free to get in touch to mull over PNW adventure plans!

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