The Point of Arches is a photographer’s paradise! Join us for this beginner friendly backpacking trip that will provide incredible views of Olympic National Park’s famous rainforest as well as its dramatic Pacific coastline. On this trip, you will begin at the Northwestern-most corner of the continental United States, travel through a diverse and lush rainforest, and then emerge at the coast. Here you can see otters, seals, sea lions, and even whales. You will camp along the beach for two nights, allowing ample time to visit the famous sea stacks, soak in the incredible views, explore tidepools, and relax. This trip is perfect for families, photographers, adventurers, and anyone looking to experience an incredible coastal sunset.
This trip begins at the Shi Shi Beach Trailhead at 9 am. We will take some time to become acquainted with new gear as well a the logistics of the trip. We will then shuttle cars about .6 miles back to the overnight parking (paid, approx. $10/day, not included). Once this is completed, we will begin our hike! We will hike roughly 2 miles through the coastal forest until we reach the coast, and then we will continue along the beach for another 2 miles. The remainder of this day will be spent exploring as well as enjoying the unbeatable coastal sunset.
Today we can shoulder lighter packs as we day hike further up the coast to visit the Point of Arches. During low tides we may be able to go further up the coast, on a more strenuous trail, to see more of the coast and experience a wilder adventure. This is an optional side trip, and for those who don’t want to take it, we will spend the day tide pooling and looking for wildlife. We may see sea otters, seals, or whales.
Today we will hike back to our vehicles on the same route on which we entered. We will have ample time to view wildlife and stop for photos.
We include backpacks, sleeping bags, tents, pads, trekking poles, and eating utensils at NO EXTRA COST as needed. All profits from our guided trips go towards our non-profit youth summer camp program.
Note: All trips are subject to Lasting Adventures obtaining the necessary wilderness permits. Although our success rate is 98%, should we not obtain the exact trail-head, a trip of equal quality will be obtained. Should weather, fire, and/or delayed seasonal openings affect the chosen itinerary, a different itinerary will be offered. Lasting Adventures is recognized for its commitment to safety and risk management. Itineraries may be changed in order to minimize risk exposure.
*All trips are pending permit availability which we gain around mid-late February. Please refrain from making travel arrangements until we have confirmed dates.