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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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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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  • Took us 15 min to hike to the beach with lots of stairs down and then backup but worth it. The views are amazing. You will have to climb over lots of logs and driftwood to get to the beach after you h...  more »
  • From the small parking lot, there is a well marked trail that leads you to the beach along a moderate (not too difficult, but there is a change in elevation) path. Hiking through the tall trees and cl...  more »
  • This beach was better than Ruby beach. little harder approx 7/10 of a mile walk, down hill at the end, but bigger and better tidal pools. Waves were not as bad to take a dip  more »