Trails for everyone, forever

Home Go Outside Hiking by Season Summer Destinations 5 Sea Breeze Hikes for a Hot Day

5 Sea Breeze Hikes for a Hot Day

When the weather gets hot, try refreshing with an ocean-side trek. Here are five hikes to enjoy a sea breeze this summer.

Summer is prime hiking season—especially in Washington. After a long, wet winter, outdoors enthusiasts look forward to swapping rain boots for hiking boots. However, when temperatures rise, inland hikes can be exhausting with the sun beating down. Luckily for us, Washington is gifted with plenty of breezy shoreline to help beat the heat.

As much as we love the mountains, an ocean side trek is always a refreshing alternative. Here are five choices for sea breeze hikes this summer.

TIPS FOR seaside HIKING


Westport Light Trail 

Location: Long Beach Area
Mileage: 2.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 15 feet

Paved trail along the coast. Photo by Lincoln4.
Paved trail along the coast. Photo by Lincoln4.

The paved Westport Light Trail is an excellent way to see the dunes and grasses of the southwest Washington coast, take in an historic lighthouse, and enjoy the sea and sun without getting sand in your shoes!

> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide


Lewis and Clark discovery trail

Location: Long Beach Area
Mileage: 7.0 miles, one-way
Elevation Gain: 15 feet

Trail leading through dune grass on the way to the beach on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Photo by Lukin 66.
Trail leading through dune grass on the way to the beach on the Lewis and Clark Trail. Photo by Lukin 66.

This trail in Cape Disappointment State Park at the very SW tip of the state, is paved and gives visitors lots of options. Head out to the beach, or explore along a boardwalk to to a swamp. The trail also extends out and connects the towns of Ilwaco and Long Beach. 

> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide


Weatherwax Trail

Location: Pacific Coast
Mileage: 1.2 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: minimal

Arch and signboards at the entrance to the Weatherwax Trail. Photo by phlim89.
Arch and signboards at the entrance to the Weatherwax Trail. Photo by phlim89.

This loop trail winds through the coastal forest of the Weatherwax Preserve and skirts along the edge of Duck Lake, an important wetland ecosystem. The way is relatively flat so it’s a great spot for families and for young kids to experience the joys of the outdoors.

> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide 


Griffiths-Priday State Park

Location: Long Beach Area
Mileage: 4.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 40 feet

A gathering of birds on the beach at low tide. Griffiths-Priday State Park. Photo by naturegirlangie.
A gathering of birds on the beach at low tide. Griffiths-Priday State Park. Photo by naturegirlangie.

On a stretch of Washington coast known for its beach-driving, Griffiths-Priday State Park is a welcome respite for walkers. The natural spit features low sand dunes that are protected as a wildlife refuge bordered by Conner Creek on one side and the Copalis River on the other.

> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide


Ruby Beach

Location: Pacific Coast
Mileage: 6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 60 feet

Trees lined up along Ruby Beach. Photo by ejain.
Trees lined up along Ruby Beach. Photo by ejain.

Just south of where the Hoh River meets the Pacific Ocean, Ruby Beach offers several miles of beach exploration, with unique rock formations and swirling sun-bleached driftwood. During low tide, it is possible to observe starfish, crabs, and other sea life among the tide pools and sea stacks

> Plan your trip using WTA's Hiking Guide