Evening, Shi-shi Beach

Equipment Info
Canon Canon EOS 5D
Nearest Area
Olympic National Park
Neah Bay
Brief Directions

Take the main road west out of Neah Bay and turn left on a road that is signed for Sooes Beach. The new trailhead is well-marked on the right. It is neccessary to purchase a Makah Recreation permit and to pay for parking at a nearby house (no overnight parking at the trailhead). The trail winds through primevil rain forest before descending a steep headland to the beach. Continue south along the beach for a mile towards Point of Arches.


I have visited Shi-Shi many times. On this visit, in late winter my companions had all headed back to camp and I lingered near the Point of Arches as the evening light became richer and richer. There was no wind ( a rare occurrence on this wind-swept shore). I wondered the beach shooting images and came upon this small tidal pool reflecting the sky. By the time I was done, it was dark, I realized that I had left my headlamp back at camp and I stumbled back through the beached drift logs to camp.


Shi-Shi beach is considered by many to be the most beautiful beach on the Olympic National Park's wilderness coast. Long-standing access disputes have been resolved and a trail now crosses over Makah Tribal lands to permit hikers to explore this breath-taking area and the nearby Point of Arches.

Date Added
April 8, 2010
Date Taken
April 8, 2010

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