Point of the Arches and Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park includes long stretches of coastline. Its wonderfully refreshing to backpack and camp along the forests edge, on the beach.

Depending upon how far you hike from the car you can find some real solitude out there.

The spot I’ve visited most often is Point of the Arches. It lies along the northern-most section of ONP, just south of Neah Bay. Its now a very popular spot and sees many visitors. These images are from a trip 2 years ago, in January. A window of warm sunny weather was forecast, and I spent two glorious days there with sumptuous light.  On this particular sunset the colors were so bright and vivid and the orange glow from the rocks and sand so intense, it was more tricky than one would think to edit these and do the place justice.

North End of Shi Shi Beach, Olympic National Park

Its almost a 2-mile hike through the forest and mud until you get to the stairs and descend to the beach. Point of the Arches is another 2 miles walk, along the ocean.

Once the sun started to set the shadows and lines were amazing.

As the colors got richer it was impossible to capture enough images.

Every shot looked magnificent, better then the last, and the landscape is so utterly magical…

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Spring Trip to the Olympic Coast

Spring Break arrived and we headed west. For us that means a ferry ride and drive along Highway 101, through Olympic National Park, one of the greenest places on earth. We stopped to see Sol Duc Falls along the way.

And after checking into our B&B we headed to Ruby Beach for sunset.

The next morning was rainy, but the skies cleared in the afternoon for a hike along Rialto Beach.

That night we stayed in La Push and enjoyed crazy skies and a lot of hail!

Port Townsend is always a treat for more eye candy.

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Ruby Beach

Ruby Beach, in Olympic National Park is one of the most visited spots along the Olympic Coast. Seastacks dot the shore. The expanse of ocean call to you as you make your way along the stones.

There are several wonderful beaches here, First Beach with its mammoth driftwood, Shi Shi Beach with its wide expanse and solitude, Point of the Arches with its majesty and life.

Yes, there is a lot to see at the coast in Washington!

 

Point of the Arches – Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park in Northwestern Washington State contains several distinctly different wonderlands.

The rain forestsol duc 2015 2, glaciated peaks

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

Mount Olympus, Olympic Wilderness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the Pacific coast.

The Olympic beaches are some of the wildest most rugged beaches in the lower 48. I have visited and slept on these beaches many times. There is something truly magical about the ocean.

Last week I spied a window of nice weather forecast for the coast and headed over. I was not disappointed!

Evening light

Evening light

Lines in the sand

Lines in the sand

Sunset through the Arch

Sunset through the Arch

Arch aglow

Arch aglow

Point of the Arches

Point of the Arches

Evening Light

Evening Light

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise

Point of the Arches Sunrise