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…
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.
The pacific coast along the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State has several magnificent beaches. The weather is often unsettled and dramatic. Clouds and wind, crashing waves and stormy seas, its a feast for the senses.
There are several Native American towns there on the coast, Neah Bay to the north and La Push further south, west of the town of Forks. Both have resorts run by the local tribes where you can rent rooms and cabins and enjoy the scenery.
First Beach is part of the La Push Resort. The wide, arcing beach is capped at both ends by towering sea stacks.