Most people already know about the La Push beaches, but Shi Shi Beach is another beautiful, lesser-known stretch of Washington’s rugged coast. This little slice of sandy heaven with sea stacks and tide pools makes for a wonderful place in the summer to check out with family and friends.
Shi Shi Beach is just southwest of Neah Bay, in the Olympic National Park. You can reach it by way of a short two-mile walk through forest from the parking area.
Once you make it out to the beach, you can lay back and watch the waves, or continue another two and a half miles down to the Point of the Arches.
The Point Of The Arches is a National Natural Landmark on the south end of the beach. This mile-long archipelago is complete with over 30 sea stack formations, small caves, arches, and tide pools to explore, filled with marine wildlife, like sea stars.
The dramatic sea stacks and views of the Pacific make Shi Shi a total paradise for photographers. From here, it's also possible to continue hiking down to Hole-In-The-Wall at Rialto Beach, or
(the westernmost point of the lower 48).
Shi Shi also makes for a dreamy place to go camping. Permits are required for a spot (which you can get at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, or by phone). But for the serene oceanside views at sunrise and sunset, picking up a permit is well worth it.
Be sure to check the tides before you head out, or bring a tide chart along. You'll also want to pick up a Makah Recreation Pass for parking (Check out more details on where to find those