The Extraordinary Shi Shi Beach

Perhaps the most dramatic beach in Washington State.

Shi Shi Beach is located west of Neah Bay. Shi Shi (pronounced shy-shy) was named "best nature beach" by the Travel Channel. It's a day trip you'll remember. Shi Shi is an unspoiled beach and is reached by driving 66 miles from Port Angeles, through ClallamBay-Sekiu and on through Neah Bay, then followed by a 3.3-mile hike. The trip is well worth the time and one can enjoy the scenic beauty of Hwy 112.

Shi Shi became part of Olympic National Park in 1976. The Makah Tribe, whose reservation borders Shi Shi to the Ozette River beaches, is rebuilding the Shi Shi Beach Trail for easier access. The stunning seastacks, caves and arches, as well as the fascinating miniature life in numerous tidepools, make it well worth the visit. Located on the south end of Shi Shi Beach, Point of Arches is probably the most stunning set of sea stacks you'll ever see, with bold arches, intriguing tunnels and amazing tide pools.

CAMPING INFORMATION. Shi Shi Beach is a popular camping area, however, permits must be obtained from the Park Service at the Olympic Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. You can get permits by phone or in person. Hard-sided food canisters are required as much for the raccoons as for the bears. Build campfires on the beach only and use driftwood only to protect tree roots. And of course, plan your hike, leave no trace, know the tides and bring a map.

Entrance to the area and some parking areas require a Makah Recreation Pass, available in Neah Bay at the Makah Tribal Council, Warm House Cafe, Makah Marine, Big Salmon Fishing Resort, Washburn's General Store, Raven's Corner or the Makah Mini Mart. Permits cost $10 per car and they are valid for the calendar year during which they are purchased. If you are planning a visit to Neah Bay, camping is permitted only in designated camping areas. Call the number listed below for rates and availability.

HOW TO GET THERE. From Port Angeles, drive 5 miles west on US Hwy 101 to Hwy 112. Turn right onto 112 and drive 63 miles to Neah Bay. While in Neah Bay, you may want to visit the Makah Cultural and Research Center, recognized as one of the best tribal museums. The Museum is open seven days a week. Call for hours and information.

At the west end of Neah Bay, turn left on Cape Flattery Road and drive three miles to Hobuck Beach Road. Turn left and continue to drive (the road becomes Sooes Beach Road) to the trailhead that is clearly marked on the right. The parking area is for day use only. Overnight parking is only allowed in disignated private parking lots. Watch for signs.


Shi Shi BeachWA
United States
47° 45' 3.8664" N, 120° 44' 24.5004" W
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Shi Shi BeachWA