Around La Push

This drive-to beach is a beautiful spot to enjoy the surf and watch shorebirds, eagles and seals. The 1-1/4 mile trek north to “Hole-in-the-Wall” begins here. On the south side of the river is the Quileute Indian village of La Push and First Beach, a mile-long crescent known for surfing-size waves and great whale watch- ing, especially from February through April.   The sound of crashing waves and an approaching winter storm provide the ideal natural soundtrack.   First Beach is part of the 57 miles of wild coastline on the Olympic Peninsula, the longest such stretch outside of Alaska. 

Kayakers, surfers and seals often add to the view. The hospitable community offers a marina from which fishing charters operate in season. Second Beach, just east of LaPush, is popular with photographers and is reached by way of a .7 mile forested trail that leads to a 2-mile long sandy stretch of beach with seastacks. Third Beach, is a mostly-level 1.5 mile trail through natural second growth forest, a result of winds up to 170 mph in January 1921. The “’21 Blow” leveled nearly 8 billion board feet of timber, enough to construct 600,000 3-bedroom homes.

In the fall, mushrooms flourish under the forest canopy on these trails. The Sol Duc Salmon Hatchery, 13 miles north of Forks, has interpretive displays, river access and picnic areas.

In the fall, adult fish can be seen in the trap located past the water-cooling tower toward West of Forks, visit Rialto Beach on the north side of the Quillayute River.

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