Olympic Coast


The park’s wild coastline features both easy-access beaches and remote wilderness.

At its southern end, South Beach, Kalaloch Beach, and Ruby Beach are just off the road; Kalaloch also has a store, lodge, and campground, and South Beach has a small campground.

Farther north, Rialto Beach lies just beyond Mora Campground and is a jumping-off point for wilderness hikes heading north.

At the northern end, the Ozette area has a campground and hiking trails to the beach, and Shi Shi Beach attracts surfers and backpackers.

Sea Star Ochre at Olympic National Park

Explore Tide Pools at Olympic National Park’s Coast

During low tides, the Pacific Ocean retreats from the beaches and exposes pools of water in rocky crevices that team with sea life. Read More...

A hiker on Shi Shi Beach. Photo by David Krause

Hike Shi Shi Beach to Point of Arches on Olympic Coast

This 8-mile round trip out-and-back trail travels along the northern Olympic Coast among tide pools and sea stacks, down to Point of Arches. Read More...

Sunset on the beach in Olympic National Park.

Navigating Olympic’s Beaches with a Tide Chart

Without a map and a tide chart you run the risk of literally walking into a dangerous situation that could be life threatening. Do you know how to read them? Read More...

Sea stacks on Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park

Sea Stacks on Olympic National Park’s Coast

Iconic rock posts and arches jutting up from the sand along the Washington coast are what define the national park’s beaches. Here’s where to see them. Read More...

Kayaking on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park

Things to Do in the Water at Olympic National Park

With crystal-clear lakes, cobalt rivers, and the Pacific Ocean all within a few miles of each other, Olympic NP offers plenty of opportunities for water fun. Read More...

Mount Olympus in Olympic National Park

Top 3 Vistas in Olympic National Park

If you want to feel on top of the world, here are three fantastic spots that offer incredible views. Read More...

Storm waves on the Pacific Ocean at the beach

Winter Storm Watching on Olympic Coast

73 miles of coastline turn into a wave crashing show in the winter. From Nov through Feb, storms coming in from the Pacific have wind gusts up to 60 mph. Read More...