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Toleak Point via Third Beach Trailhead

La Push, Washington

4.8/5
based on 4 reviews

Details

Distance

11.98 miles

Elevation Gain

1634 ft

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Description

Added by Erik Turner

Toleak Point will take you along the stunning Washington Coast with 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 trailhead and following the Pacific NW Trail 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.

Overnight Permit

If you are planning on camping along the Olympic Coast, you will need to get a permit. Visit nps.gov for more information on securing yours. Please also remember to bring your bear canister. 

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Toleak Point via Third Beach Trailhead Reviews

I did this trip in the middle of April during a fairly short good weather window. I wasn't lucky and it rained most of the hike in. Great little campground and plenty of solitude. Ps: the backcountry toilet's walls had collapsed when I was here. Definitely a loo with a view.

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!

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

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.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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