There are many beautiful beaches to visit on Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. Four of our favorite beaches are within a 20 minute drive of the Miller Tree Inn.
The best time to visit any beach is at low tide. The best time within that window is 2 hours before low tide to 2 hours after low tide. Our north coast beaches all have a collection of drift logs which accumulate during the winter. For your personal safety, be sure to steer clear of these logs during high tide. Besides safety, low tide offers explorers more beach to walk and gives you the possibility of seeing tide pool life. Our tide pools are filled with many examples of colorful sea life. Hole in the Wall at Rialto beach, is a favorite for looking for tide pools. Second beach, near LaPush is our personal favorite, all around beach and the tide pools are a little easier to access. Third beach is another lovely possibility and for general accessibility, first beach is a good choice.
All of these beaches are excellent for sunset watching, but be sure to take a flashlight if going to Second or Third beach for sunset. Part of the walk to get to these beaches involves tree lined forest trails and after sunset, they are dark! You can drive to both Rialto and First beach and can even see sunset from your car.
We like to take snacks or a picnic when we go to the beach. There is something very soothing about watching the waves roll in across the sand. Our wild, rugged, undeveloped north coast beaches provide a perfect background for genuine relaxation.