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Third Beach

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Enjoy a beautiful hike through coastal forest to stunning Third Beach.


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4.5

Miles

7.3

KM

Loop

363' 111 m

High

14' 4 m

Low

410' 125 m

Up

410' 125 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Commonly Backpacked · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

Family Friendly The switchbacks right before the beach are kid-friendly if you plan on taking your time. There is a pit toilet near the trail at the beach, and tidepools and driftwood to explore.

No pets. Backpackers must have Wilderness Camping Permits for overnight camping at Third Beach and elsewhere on the coast. Obtain permits at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles or at the WIC on South Shore Road of Lake Quinault. Reservations are not required, as they do not limit the number of permits. Group size is 12 maximum. A bear canister is required for overnight campers for all food/scented items.

Overview

This easy trail is mostly flat with switchbacks descending about 280 feet from the forest down to the beach. The hardest part of this hike is a driftwood scramble at the bottom of the switchbacks to get onto the beach. Take your time, as driftwood isn't always stable.

Need to Know

Check NPS updates prior to visit, especially if planning an overnight.

Depending on the season, parking at the trailhead may be limited. Please park safely and legally.

Description

From the Third Beach Trailhead near La Push, WA, hike down the well groomed path through the dense forest and underbrush until you reach the sandy expanse of Third Beach.

On the beach, you'll find tidepools, views, and, depending on the season, possibly lots of other users. Everyone can find what they need here on the beach—from families to folks seeking solitude, you just need to be willing to explore to find it.

If you are of an adventurous spirit, extend your hike and head south until you reach the Taylor Point Trail (a trail going uphill when the huge bluff meets the ocean). This trail eventually leads from Third Beach to Toleak Point. The trail is marked and immediately ascends up 270 feet via rope ladders on the very-near vertical bank. Bring gloves if you want to try this so you don't rip up your hands. There is a stunning view of the ocean at the top of the climb.

Flora & Fauna

Enjoy ocean views, sea stacks, and excellent opportunities to view bald eagles and seals. Bird life is common on sea stacks. Whale migration occurs in March/April and October.

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Emily R

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Lots of rocks and driftwood to conquer!
Jul 16, 2018 near Forks, WA
Heading back to the trailhead.
Dec 18, 2015 near Forks, WA
Jack in rainforest.
May 4, 2018 near Forks, WA
Crossing the driftwood pile to get to the beach
Jul 16, 2018 near Forks, WA
Third Beach (Check NPS fire bans)
May 4, 2018 near Forks, WA
Third Beach
May 4, 2018 near Forks, WA

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May 25, 2019
Austin Maestre
Aug 17, 2018
Tahel Axel
Jul 12, 2018
Raymond Tang
Jul 3, 2018
Eugene K
part of the hike to Scott's Creek 5mi
Jun 1, 2018
Kate T
May 26, 2018
Emily R
Backpacked in & stayed overnight on the south end of the beach. It was my 4yr old son's first overnight backpack trip, and a perfect location choice! 2mi — 2h 00m
May 12, 2018
Brittney B
This was a beautiful hike.
Sep 1, 2017
Alexandre Lazaro