"God's Own Beach" La Push by Jonathan_C

La Push Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 30 photos

feel the presence

You can feel the presence of the Great Spirit when you camp at Second Beach at La Push: you hear it in the constant presence of crashing surf; you feel it in the pulse of the tides. After your second night at this most idylic of wilderness beaches, the daily cat-and-mouse of the sun and coastal fog ceases to annoy and becomes part of the eternal Now.

Come to La Push for as long as you can and leave your watch at home. Time here is not measured in hours. It is day or it is night; high tide or low tide; time to play or eat or sleep. Visit the world of barnacles, anemones and sea stars at low tide. Absorb the incredible power of wind and sea at high tide. Stare deep into the embers of a driftwood fire in the dark of a wilderness night. Forget for a moment that the rest of the world exists and commune with the life humans led here for thousands of years before the first watch bearers arrived.


Stay for a few days and see how a single tide can move a hundred thousand tons of sand, upending the world of the tidepool denisens. To some is given, from others is taken away ... temporarily -- the sea is as fickle as it is indifferent. Stay and you will begin to recognize the daily routines of the gulls, cormorants and pelicans. Stay and you may sit still long enough to notice the seals and otters. Stay and you will stare out at sea until the whale spout is recognized for what it is. Be patient and you will receive your reward.

Come back year after year as we do and see how the winter season dramatically changes the shape of the beach and restacks the huge driftwood logs like so many tinker toys. You will always find something new -- whale vertebrae, otter skeletons, flotsam of all kinds -- if you can let go of our frenzied lifestyle for a few days and just Be. I can think of no better place on this Earth for just being than the wilderness beaches of the Olympic Coast and Second Beach is our favorite.

  • Last visit to La Push: Aug 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • amandajayne81's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Looks like a great place. The main photo on your intro page is wonderful.

  • chewy3326's Profile Photo
    Jan 16, 2006 at 4:47 PM

    La Push is a very wonderful place. Good page!

  • JetlagCity's Profile Photo
    Nov 1, 2004 at 1:56 PM

    Ah, to escape the tyranny of the watch - priceless! Second Beach is my favorite here, too. Thanks for reminding me of all these amazing natural places that I've been : )

  • Summer33's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2004 at 6:31 PM

    I love this place, I took my first trip last month and can't wait to get back, this time I will be surfing though!

  • mtncorg's Profile Photo
    May 7, 2004 at 1:39 PM

    The Three R's plus lots of driftwood! The trick is finding te 'dry' driftwood though;-\

  • KristaB's Profile Photo
    Mar 2, 2004 at 3:41 AM

    Amazing. Beach combing for talismans, driftwood sculptures ... lucky children!

  • yooperprof's Profile Photo
    Feb 3, 2004 at 8:01 AM

    I haven't been to La Push - but further up the coast near Ozette. That coastline is stunning!

  • Feb 2, 2004 at 5:10 AM

    wild and wonderful. just as i like it ;)

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Jan 17, 2004 at 11:28 AM

    Never heard of the p lace, very tempting. Reminds me of Tasmania.

  • FOotFetish's Profile Photo
    Oct 15, 2003 at 12:24 AM

    La Push sounds like a posy place!*LOL*.then again, lovely scenic views u got there.ANd the kids seemed to have a great time too!


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