Second Beach

  • Interlude  - © John Fowler flickr user
  • Second Beach  - © Jordan Lewin flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park - ©  Esther Lee flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park  - © Esther Lee flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington  - © Ralph Arvesen flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington  - © Ralph Arvesen flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park-71  - © Esther Lee flickr user
  • Second Beach, Olympic National Park-83  - © Esther Lee flickr user
  • Dramatic Sunset at Second Beach, Olympic National Park, Washington  - © myheimu flickr user

Key information: Second Beach

  • Second Beach is a 4 mile round trip hike in the Olympic National Park, with a short and steep descent to the beach.
  • Just south of Rialto Beach. 1km of log lined dramatic but beautiful beach, with sea caves, stacks and arches as well as wild sea seals and bald eagles. And possibly grey whales.
  • The sea stacks are known as the Quillayute Needles, part of the Quillayute Needles National Wildlife Refuge.
  • There are many natural arches along Second Beach, one known as Teahwhit Head.
  • This is remote mountain walking, on which you will have to be self-sufficient and the weather is often bad here. Come prepared

    ANYONE GOT ANY GOOD PHOTOS? WE WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO POST THEM!

    For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Olympic NP walk page.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating80
  • Beauty33
  • Natural interest17
  • Human interest0
  • Charisma32
  • Negative points2
  • Total rating80
  • Note: Neg: likely bad weather

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 4 mile roundtrip
  • Maximum Altitude: 250ft
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate

This walk description page is at an early stage of development, and will be expanded over time. Your comments on this walk, your experiences and tips, and your photos are very welcome.

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Second Beach  - © Jordan Lewin flickr user
Second Beach, Olympic National Park  - ©Esther Lee flickr user

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