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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  • Another favorite places/hikes. The trail to Second Beach is a fairly easy trail for hiking. It take you down to Second Beach which is fantastic. This is a must visit!  more »
  • what a peaceful place, we watched a boat goingoout around the mountain of an Island in the bay, while looking at all the wooden stumps of trees on the stony beach, so picturesque with the waves lappin...  more »
  • We were extremely disappointed when we couldn't get to Rialto Beach as planned due to road construction but Second Beach really saved the day! Afterwards, we went to First Beach but Second beach was t...  more »
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  • Absolutely stunning beach worth visiting in different seasons and times of day to get the full experience. I do recommend sunset though if you can only go once. Don’t forget to bring some firewood to enjoy a beach fire in this beautiful location. We visited in late spring when the crowds were smaller and thus had a relaxing peaceful time having pretty much the beach to ourselves.
  • Great little hike through some awesome trees. I love old trees and this short scenic hike offers beautiful specimens. The beach was nice but like I said I am a tree fan.
  • 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 Maternal Mycological 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..
  • 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.
  • Beautiful weather. We beat the rain.

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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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