Friday, July 26, 2013

Point of Arches (Olympic National Park)

Honestly, this wasn't a planned part of our backpacking trip to Shi Shi Beach. We saw all of the beautiful rocks jutting out of the water to the south of our camping spot and decided to take a closer look at low tide. Once we returned home, we realized that what we explored is a sight well-known to many: Point of Arches.

It's an amazing spot; sea stacks and tide pools everywhere!

And, of course, lots of arches to explore.

It was magical!

When beginning your hike, the rock formations look close. Be prepared, hiking on the beach takes longer than you'd expect, and the rocks are farther away than they seem. It's definitely worth every squishy step, though!

Fees: $10 Makah Recreation Pass$5/person per night Olympic National Park wilderness permit, parking fees in private lots near trailhead
What to bring: rain gear, water sandals or shoes to get wet
Length of Hike: 2 miles to the beach, plus 2.5 miles more along beach to Point of Arches.
Sights nearby: General M.C. Meigs Shipwreck, camping on Shi Shi Beach

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