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blue Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches

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9.4 mile 15.2 kilometer loop
98% Runnable
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 530' 162 m
Descent: -530' -162 m
High: 275' 84 m
Low: 2' 1 m

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Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 16% (9°)

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

Nessa Goldman

Features Birding · Swimming · Views · Wildlife

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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  4.6 from 28 votes

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