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North Coast Route

Olympic Peninsula


Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast
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30.0 miles, one-way


Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 200 ft.


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Hike through and alongside coastal forest, rocky cliffs and the wild Pacific coast on a relatively well-maintained route.

Hikes of varying lengths are possible along this route (not to be confused with the equally popular North Coast Trail on Vancouver Island). Campsites dot the way, including popular locations like Chilean Memorial, Norwegian Memorial, Yellow Banks, Cape Alava, and Shi Shi Beach. Backcountry permits and reservations are required to stay at these sites. Contact the Visitor's Information Center in Port Angeles for further information.

The route is for the most part flat, but sometimes requires the use of ropes or makeshift ladders to climb up and over high rocky bluffs on the beach. Occasionally, it's possible to hike around these rather than over, when the tide is right, so having a tide table may be a wise 11th essential when undertaking this hike.

It is worth noting that much of this hike is a route, so requires route-finding, since hikers mostly walk along the beach and not on a delineated trail.

The views of the mighty Pacific, as well as the occasional bald eagle soaring between seastacks and arches make this hike a goal for many visitors and residents of Washington.

River crossings are required along the North Coast Route -- the Ozette River should be forded only at low tide. Note that it may be impassable in winter and during periods of heavy rain.


North Coast Route

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.2588, -124.6828 Open map in new window


Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

Rialto Beach Trailhead

From Port Angeles, drive US-101 west for 55 miles. Turn onto SR-110 west for 7.7 miles. Fork right on Mora Road for 5 miles to the trailhead at road’s end. Water is available at the trailhead, and restrooms are also available.

Shi Shi Beach Trailhead

From Port Angeles, drive US-101 west for 5 miles. Turn onto SR-112 west for 64 miles to Neah Bay. Continue on Bayview Ave. for 1 mile; left on Fort St; right on Third Street; left on Cape Flattery Road. Drive 2.5 miles, then left on Hobuck Road. Drive the last 4.3 miles, following signs for the fish hatchery, to trailhead and day use parking. Overnighters must park about 0.6 mile back at a private home. It’s $10 per day, cash, for every day you will be parked there.

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