Tides and Your Safety

ocean waves with rocky islands in background

Don't get trapped by a rising tide!
Always
carry -- and know how to use -- a tide table, topographic map and a watch whenever hiking along Olympic's coast!

 

Several points along the coast are only passable at lower tides. Always carry a tide chart, available at visitor centers and coastal ranger stations. DO NOT GUESS! Know when the tides will occur and plan your hike according.

Strong winds or storms can significantly elevate tides and create hazardous conditions. Be attentive to your surroundings and never underestimate the power of the Pacific Ocean.

 

NOAA Tide Predictions (most accurate)

La Push/Quillayute River Tide Table

Note: for Ozette area & Shi Shi Beach, add 30 min to the times listed on these charts.

November 2016 June 2017
December 2016 July 2017
January 2017 August 2017
February 2017 September 2017
March 2017 October 2017
April 2017 November 2017
May 2017 December 2017
 

When hiking the coast, you will need a topographic map that shows you the headlands that are only passable at lower tides. This map along with your tide table are essential to safely enjoying this rugged wilderness.

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600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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