Ecosystem type: Coastal forest and ocean beach
Hiking the Olympic Coast is unique in that the routes for the most part follow the natural land features found along the shore. Overland trails aid hikers in navigating sections of the coast that are not feasible or safe to hike at shore level. Certain sections of coastal routes are also only passable at mid-to-low tides; these sections should be identified and planned out prior to a trip. Be advised that during certain tidal cycles the Diamond Rock tidal restrictions approximately 1.5 miles north of Oily City will not become passable for entire days on end. The terrain along the coast is variable and a number of conditions under foot will be encountered including but not limited to - fine sand beaches, pebbly/rocky beaches, slipper moss/algae covered boulders, driftwood logs, rocky headlands, rope & ladder assisted overland trails, forested and brushy overland trails and sections of well-maintained trails.
For more information hiking past Third Beach visit the South Coast Beach Route page.
Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles or the South Shore Lake Quinault Ranger Station. No reservations for South Coast.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in established sites or on sand to prevent damage to vegetation.
Last updated: August 23, 2020