Saturday, April 19th, 2014
Mountaineers hike to Shi Shi Beach – part of the CHS Coast Cleanup Weekend. We partnered with Washington CoastSavers and packed out trash gathered at Shi Shi Beach. It was a lot of work! We spent Friday and Saturday night at NatureBridge Education and Conference facilities on Lake Crescent.
Heidi Walker (leader) led this event.
- Green Cape Flattery, No 98S.
- Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano, Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches
Revered through the ages, Shi Shi Beach has its share of disciples, from First Peoples to first-time visitors, naturalists, bird-watchers, hard-core hikers, beach bums, conservationists, politicians, and just plain ordinary folk. And Northwest hikers have consistently rated Shi Shi as one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Though this natural gem’s history has had a few blemishes, including access issues, thankfully many of those problems have been washed out to sea
From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 64 miles to the community of Neah Bay. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Neah Bay. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Just past the Makah Tribal Museum is Washburn’s, where you can purchase the required recreation pass. Continue west on Bay View Avenue for a scant mile, to the end of the straight road, then begin following brown signs for “Cape Flattery”. Turn left on Fort Street for one block, then right on 3rd Street (unmarked). In another block (0.1 mile), turn left on Cape Flattery Road. (The sign is partway down the road.) Follow this road 2.5 miles, then turn left over the bridge onto Hobuck Road. Staying on the main paved road, follow signs for the fish hatchery. Pay close attention to the speed limit, which fluctuates between 15, 25, and 35 mph. Drive to the parking lot at the trailhead (day use only), located on your right at about 5 miles.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.2937,-124.6651)
Makah Parking Pass required.
9.65 miles, 368 ft. gain, 5 hrs 54 min.