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Sunset Hike to Second Beach

Forks, Washington



2 miles

Elevation Gain

350 ft

Route Type



Added by Randy Gordon

Hike through an elegant forested setting only to exit onto the soft sand of one of Washington's premier beaches.

From the trailhead, begin your hike roughly an hour or two before sunset and head towards Second Beach. The trail is well-maintained and popularly visited so expect to have some company virtually all year long!

Follow the well beaten path that crosses a creek and briefly heads steeply uphill. Its at this point that you now enter the Olympic National Park.

Start to descend down towards the beach as the smell of salty sea water and the sound of rolling waves captivates your imagination. In the distance, sea stacks begin to become ever present and the intensity of your desire to reach the beach will begin to grow.

After about a mile, cross a few logs and place your feet on the gentle sand of the beach. Pick a direction and walk. Straight ahead lie a variety of rock formations out in the water.

Head right to the north and witness a natural rock arch. During the summer months the sun sets just behind it creating some amazing views.

By heading South for about a mile you will witness a formation of seastacks, marking an area known as the Quillayute Needles Wildlife Refuge. This area houses thousands of seabirds.

After spending some time exploring the beach, set out your blanket, relax, and watch one of the most amazing sunsets at one of the most amazing beaches in the Pacific Northwest.

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