Second Beach Trail, Olympic National Park

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Stretching for 1.6 km (1 mi), Second Beach Trail takes you along a flat stretch of coast offering unparalleled views of the ocean. The offshore sea stacks attract oystercatchers, seabirds, and gulls, but the real attraction here are migrating whales (March/April and October). You will need a wilderness permit for overnight stays. To visit Second Beach Trail on your holiday in Olympic National Park, and find out what else Olympic National Park has to offer, use our Olympic National Park trip itinerary maker tool .
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  • The path goes first through the forest and then somewhat steeply down to the beach. Then you have to climb over a natural barrier of huge trunks of dead wood, but then will be rewarded with this beautiful beach. It's a pity that these difficulties on the information Board at the beginning of the trail not indicated. So also disabled on the path set out, to get at the end but not on the beach.
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  • We didn't get to spend as much time here as I hope (it hailed twice the day we went here), so I didn't get to explore as much as I'd like, but it was a beautiful short hike to an equally beautiful bea...  more »
  • We were trying to pack a lot in a few days on our recent visit to Pacific Northwest from the east coast. Debated whether we had time for visiting the coast in Washington but were glad we made time to ...  more »
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  • This beautiful beach is accessible via an easy, well maintained trail. Access to the beach itself requires crossing driftwood logs, so those with mobility problems may have difficulty. Camping on the beach is allowed with a permit. When camping, bear cans are required for your food. This is not due to bears but to thwart the raccoons who have figured out how to open every other type of food storage.
  • I half-expected to find a swarming gaggle of Twilight fan-boys&girls feuding over tent space, food storage containers and quiet hours, against the over-enlightened, self appointed leaders of La Push's Lewis and Clark's Mycological Maternity Meet-up... I'd like to think both groups gazed upon the exquisite selection of organically-grown phallic geology and redirected their aggressions towards an impromptu bouldering session, at the low-low tide..
  • Great place to camp on the beach. There were some small tide pools that we checked out last time. Found some starfish. Overall its a nice, chill spot.
  • Great spot for camping, excellent scenery and a wonderful black sand.
  • Beautiful Beach! Super clean! Wish i packed my gear to camp overnight.

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Where to stay in Olympic National Park

Many visitors to Olympic National Park choose to pitch a tent at one of 16 campgrounds, many of which stay open throughout the year. The park also offers a mix of lodge rooms, motel rooms, and cabins thanks to two lodges and two resorts. On the Pacific Coast, the Kalaloch Lodge stands as the most isolated of these. If you prefer to rest your head outside the park, consider staying in Port Townsend. This artsy waterside community northeast of the park offers plenty of inns and bed and breakfasts, but they fill up quickly in summer, so reserve ahead if possible. Port Angeles sits a bit closer to the park and offers more functional accommodations in the form of motels and hotels, though you'll also find waterfront inns and cottages in the area. Communities on the park's western side offer a rustic vibe, but they also take more time to get to if you're coming from Seattle.
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