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Second Beach Trail

Intermediate
 4.3 (4)

Shorter than the trail to Third Beach, this trail has a little more interest with more ups, downs, and switchbacks.


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Map Key

0.7

Miles

1.1

KM

Point to Point

210' 64 m

High

75' 23 m

Low

78' 24 m

Up

135' 41 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs

Features Views · Wildlife

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.

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.

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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Awesome lil bridge on the trail
Oct 18, 2019 near Forks, WA
Cool looking natural tree decomposition
Oct 18, 2019 near Forks, WA

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Aug 13, 2020
Jayley Janssen
Nov 22, 2019
Dan Hanus
beach hike to start the day!
Sep 18, 2019
Cody Hendrix
Worth the hike to the beach!!!
May 19, 2019
Stephanie Funk
Fairly easy trail down to the beach. Well trafficked.
Sep 8, 2018
Magrat U.
Aug 19, 2018
Ernst Maier
Jul 10, 2018
Laura Leonard
Jun 22, 2016
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