Hiking The South Coast Trail

The 8th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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West of Forks along the wild Pacific shoreline, the 15 mile South Coast Trail is the best wild beach hike in the US. The trail runs from the LaPush trailhead in the north to the Oil City trailhead (near the Hoh Indian reservation) in the south and follows beaches, overland trails, and headlands that can only be passed during low tide. Along the route, you will find rich tidal pools, harbor seals, bald eagles, and gray whales (during the summer).

To reach the La Push trailhead from Forks, head north on US101 for a mile to La Push Road (SR110). Turn left heading southwest for about 12 miles to trailhead.

Be sure to carry the Strip of Wilderness pamphlet, a tide table, and a watch.

A backcountry permit is required from (360) 452-0300.

Overall, South Coast Trail is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby South Coast Trail including Hoh River Trail, North Wilderness Beach, North Fork Skokomish Trail, South Fork Hoh Trail, Elwha Trail and East Fork Quinault River Trail (Enchanted Valley)Queets River Trail.

South Coast Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONP (360) 452-0330; Forks Chamber Of Commerce (360) 374-2531; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800; Olympic Tour & Shuttle (360) 452-3858; Olympic Mountaineers (360) 452-0240.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "Olympic National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  NP Mora CG

Luxury Loding:  Kalaloch Lodge (360) 962-2271; Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (360) 327-3583

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rain Drop Cafe, Forks

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/olym/

GPS:  48, -124.55

Date Published:  1/3/2016

Date Updated:  8/2/2016

ID:  9137

South Coast Trail Hiking Map


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