Coastal Routes/Trails

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  1. Have a copy of your permit visible on your backpack or in an accessible pocket to share with a Park Ranger
  2. These locations require a park-approved bear canister to store food and scented items overnight or when unattended
    • This includes all food (dehydrated/canned also), toiletries (sunscreen, Chapstick, etc.), trash, and any liquids other than water
  3. Keep the water we drink clean by using privies when available or digging catholes 6-8 in deep & 200 ft (about 70 paces) from campsites, trails & water sources
  4. Pets are not permitted on park trails, meadows, beaches or in any undeveloped area of the park. For more information: Pets in Olympic National Park
  5. Local search and rescue resources are limited and may not always be available. Plan within your abilities to help reduce the need for emergency responses
  6. Iodine is not an effective water treatment for coastal streams
 

Borrowing Bear Canisters
  • Port Angeles WIC: 9 AM – 5 PM
  • Quinault WIC: 8 AM - 4 PM
  • Hoodsport WIC: Thursday-Monday 8 AM - 4 PM
Returns: 24 hours a day at the drop boxes at each location
 
 

North Coast Specifics

  1. Certain sections of this route are physically impassable at higher tides
  2. Carry a tide chart and topographic map on your trip and reference them before you head out
  3. The Custom Correct North Olympic Coast Map has tidal restrictions marked. These maps can be found at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, online from Discover Your Northwest, or at local outdoor gear stores.
  4. Notable tidal restrictions on the North Coast:
2.4 miles north of the Rialto Beach trailhead 5'
4.3 miles north of the Rialto Beach trailhead, at Cape Johnson 4'
5.1 miles north of the Rialto Beach trailhead 5.5'
7.9 miles south of the Ozette Ranger Station trailhead 6'
4.9 miles south of the Ozette Ranger Station trailhead 5'
  1. Check the Marine Forecast to avoid hazardous swells and waves; rolling beach logs can be fatal.
  2. Camp in established campsites or on the beach above the high tide line

Here’s a few closures to be aware of:

  1. Hiking and camping north of Cape Alava is currently prohibited, including Shi Shi Beach.
  2. Cannonball Island (Tsakawahyah Island) is part of the Ozette Indian Reservation and is always closed to the public
  3. Fires are prohibited between Wedding Rocks and the headland north of Yellow Banks including the South Sand Point and Sand Point campsites
 
 

South Coast Specifics

  1. Certain sections of this route are physically impassable at higher tides. Most notable is the 2’ restriction at Diamond Rock which can sometimes be impassable for numerous days in a row
  2. Carry a tide chart and topographic map on your trip and reference them before you head out
  3. The Custom Correct South Olympic Coast Map has tidal restrictions marked. These maps can be found at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, online from Discover Your Northwest, or at local outdoor gear stores.
  4. Notable tidal restrictions on the South Coast:
*CAUTION* 1.5 mi north of Oil City Trailhead, at Diamond Rock, south of Jefferson Cove 2'
4.25 mi south of Third Beach TH between Scott’s Creek & Strawberry Point 4'
3.0 mi south of the Third Beach Trailhead 4.5'
  1. Goodman Creek and Mosquito Creek can be tidally influenced and difficult to cross at higher water levels.
  2. Check the Marine Forecast to avoid hazardous swells and waves; rolling beach logs can be fatal
  3. Camp in established campsites or on the beach above the high tide line
 
South Olympic Coast
South Olympic Coast

South Coast Descriptions

Second Beach
Third Beach
South Coast Beach Route
Oil City Trail

 
 
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Last updated: August 2, 2021

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