Rain Forest Peninsulas

Rialto Beach

Forks

Take an easy stroll along this popular beach. Climb over driftwood, sand and rock while enjoying views of Little James Island, Gunsight Rock and numerous sea stacks. This is a popular spot at sunset.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/rialto-beach.htm

 

Second Beach

Forks

Park just outside La Push and start this 4-mile round trip hike through the forest before descending to Second Beach.  The coast is dotted with sea stacks. Look for the hole in the mainland and listen as the wind whistles eerily.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/second-beach-trail.htm

 

Third Beach

Forks

Take the challenging 3.9-mile round trip hike through the stunning coastal wilderness to view a waterfall that plunges into the Pacific Ocean. This beach is less popular and offers welcomed solitude along the La Push beach system.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/third-beach-trail.htm

 

Ruby Beach

Forks

This is the most popular of the Olympic west coast beaches and derives its name from the ruby like crystals in the sand. Ruby Beach includes lots of driftwood and sea stacks.  This spot is popular at sunset and is a short 30-minute drive from Forks.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-kalaloch-and-ruby-beach.htm

 

Shi Shi Beach

Forks

Shi Shi beach is accessed by a 2-mile rain forest hike and is a scenic 1.5-hour drive from Forks. Located close to Neah Bay, this is one of the most beautiful of the west coast beaches. Watch for views of the Point of the Arches rocks.

https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/shi-shi-beach-olympic-wilderness.htm