North Wilderness Beach Route: Shi Shi Beach to La Push
ElevationAscent: 925' 282 m
Descent: -956' -291 m
High: 304' 93 m
Low: 0' 0 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)
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“An absolutely stunning trail along the Olympic Coast.”— Isaac Bozeman
Features Birding · Cave · Commonly Backpacked · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Swimming · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This trail is particularly unique compared to most backpacking trails. On this trail you have to carefully plan out each day on the trail, due to tides. Another thing that makes it special is the rope assists, and ladders. These add a more technical parts then most routes have. This routes also passes three gems; Point of the Arches and Shi Shi Beach, Makah Petroglyphs, and Hole In the Wall Beach.
Between each rope assist is an overland trail that goes over the non-roundable points. Keep an eye out for the overland trail markers (red and black checkerd circle), and when on the trails make sure you are on the path by keeping an eye out for the orange tags that mark the way. Most of the rope assists are not optional, the ones that are, are marked ‘optional’.
There is no other place to find weird things while backpacking, then the coast. On the coast it is not uncommon to find shoes, hats, gloves, boats, tubs, floats, rope, and much much more. You can also find a large variety of animals on this trail. Eagles, deer, coyotes, bears, seals, sea lions, whales, orcas, raccoons, and much much more all frequent this area. And as far as finding dead animals, the coast is also best for that. The saltwater is a natural cleanser, so animals are a lot less smelly and dangerous (as far as deiseases go). But still practice caution around any dead animal. The ocean washes up all sorts of animals; skates, rays, seals, sea lions, crabs, and even parts of whale skeletons can be found easily.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park