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Second Beach

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Length


1.7 Miles 2.7 Kilometers


273' 83 m

Ascent

-273' -83 m

Descent

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

213' 65 m

High

23' 7 m

Low

Shared By Emily Roeben

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Enjoy beautiful coastline along this short trail.

Emily Roeben

Dogs No Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife · Commonly Backpacked

Family Friendly This is a short trail with great views from the beach. Note: there is not a restroom at the beach, so plan ahead.

See NPS website for current restrictions.

Overview

Shorter than the trail to Third Beach, this trail has a little more interest with more ups, downs, and switchbacks, although the beach can be slightly more crowded because of the easier access.

Need to Know

The tides are a factor here. DO NOT go around the headlands in case the tide comes in quickly. There's likely not a way to get back.

Backpackers planning to camp overnight must obtain Wilderness Camping Permits for Second Beach. Contact the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) for more information. Overnight users are also required to use bear canisters, as the area's small critters have grown too smart for hang-bags.

This hike is not stroller or handicapped accessible.

Description

Parking is just outside of La Push and holds about 10 cars, but there is an overflow lot east of the main lot if needed. To get to the trailhead from the lot, head west. There is a fence and port-a-potty near the kiosk.

The trail leads through mossy forests over well maintained trail and boardwalks. Near the beach, there are stairs to help with the elevation change. Once at beach level, there is a scramble over driftwood to get to the beach. Use caution, as driftwood can be unstable.

Once on the beach, heading north brings you to the natural arch and some rocky outcroppings. To the south, you'll stop short at Teahwhit Head about a mile south of where the trail drops out on the beach (do NOT go around the headlands—the tide is dangerous!)

Flora & Fauna

According to the NPS website, this hike offers ocean views, sea stacks, and 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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