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. Work out when and for how long to visit Second Beach Trail and other Olympic National Park attractions using our handy Olympic National Park itinerary builder.
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  • August 4, 2017
    Nice 15-20 minutes hike through green and lush rain forest leads you to the beautiful Second Beach. If possible, try to get there during low tide, tide pools open up another world which makes the beac...  more »
  • July 31, 2017
    really nice views and for sure a bit less crowded. you have to do some walking to get down there...but hey you came to walk the beach didnt you?  more »
  • July 28, 2017
    Unless you are adept at up and down hiking the trail can be a bit of a challenge. The deadfall is downright dangerous. Unlike Ruby and Rialto beaches there is about 30 yards or dense deadfall with no ...  more »

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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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