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  Forest, Third Beach Trail
by goodfish

Getting to Second and Third beaches involves treks through the forest - .7 miles and 1.2 miles, one way, respectively. Both of them also have steep descents of 200-270 feet near the end of the paths - not difficult unless you're really out of shape or not wearing sturdy footwear. These walks through towering Sitka spruce and western hemlock, ferns and other lush undergrowth are very pretty and make the extra time it takes to get to the shoreline all worthwhile.

Third Beach trail is considered 2nd growth forest, the first having been leveled in a violent, 170 mph wind storm back in 1921. It's said that the blowdown flattened enough trees to build 600,000 three-bedroom houses.

Address: Olympic National Park, west coast
Directions: Trailheads are both on 110 - on the same route into La Push and First Beach.
Phone: (360) 565-3130
Website: http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/coastal-routes.htm

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  • Written Mar 15, 2010
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