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Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

Intermediate
 4.4 (31) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A lovely though sometimes muddy trail leading to Shi Shi Beach and the Point of Arches.


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9.4

Miles

15.2

KM

Loop

275' 84 m

High

2' 1 m

Low

530' 162 m

Up

530' 162 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

16%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy to follow wide trails.

Overview

This mostly gentle path is somewhat unremarkable, though the viewpoints that the trail reaches are breathtaking. Heading out from the Shi Shi Beach Trailhead, it won't take long to reach the highlight of the trail, Point of the Arches, where spectacular geologic formations can be seen.

Description

The trail leading visitors through the boardwalks and marshy areas isn't too remarkable, but the coast is amazing. The route is well marked, and weaves by Makah land. Please stick to the public trails, as the surrounding land is private.

Once out on the coast there are two main camping areas by the beach, some are right as you arrive, the rest are at the far end of the beach, about another mile closer to the point of the arches.

The picturesque sea stacks are worth the trip down the beach. If you really want to capture the vista at its best, make the trip out to the ocean for sunset and stay the night at the nearby campsite. It's especially worth while to check it out at low tide when you can make your way right up to the stacks and explore the tide pools.

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  4.4 from 31 votes

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Photos

Rays of light make their way to Shi Shi Beach.
Feb 18, 2016 near Forks, WA
Bald Eagles live in these amazing trees.
Sep 2, 2017 near Forks, WA
Shi Shi Beach Point of the Arches
Sep 2, 2017 near Forks, WA
Sunset from Shi-Shi Beach.
Jul 23, 2018 near Forks, WA
A very large banana slug.
Jul 3, 2018 near Forks, WA
The beach here is stunning.
Jul 3, 2018 near Forks, WA

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Aug 25, 2019
Jane Katherine
Jul 5, 2019
Bethany V
5mi
Jul 4, 2019
Cheng Quan
May 20, 2019
Stephanie Funk
We just did to shi shi beach, didn't go any further. About 2 miles one way to the beach, fairly easy trail. It was pretty muddy.
Jan 19, 2019
Jake Kiekenapp
Oct 11, 2018
Ester Andreh
Sep 13, 2018
Nat Hills
Aug 18, 2018
Robert M