The Lost World of Shi Shi Beach

The Washington coastline has some unbelievable vistas to offer. Truly one of the few places were you can have a beach all to yourself. I’ve been fortunate enough to have seen much of it from the seat of a kayak which allowed me to get to tucked away seldom visited spots. But don’t confuse ease of access with beauty. Shi Shi Beach is proof that you can have both. A short drive from Port Angeles and an even shorter hike will drop you in this gem.

Shi Shi Beach

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Behind the Photo

Brad and I had hiked down the Point-of-Arches just to revisit the spot where had camped for a few days in an attempt to capture the Super Moon. Considering the time of the year the weather was as good as you could ever ask for. In other words, at least we were getting some breaks between the winter squalls that were moving through the area.

But don’t confuse ease of access with beauty. Shi Shi beach is proof that you can have both.

On the return hike back to Shi Shi Beach where the trail head meets the beach this shot caught my eye. First I loved the fact that I felt like I was one of the characters in Sir Conan Doyle’s ‘The Lost World’. Granted different continents but the feeling of being the first in such a raw place was undeniable.

Secondly, I was captivated by the numerous shades of blue that met my eye. From the rich cobalt blue of the wave in the foreground to the last seastack lost in a misty blue-grey. I have no doubt that this contributed to that feeling of being the discover of a ‘Lost World’.

Shi Shi Beach

Shi Shi Beach is part of the Olympic National Park and has been since 1976. The quickest way to reach the beach is from Neah Bay. It’s an easy day trip but I’d recommend staying at least a night or two to really take advantage of the photo opportunities. Weather can be fickle anytime of the year and you need to be aware of the tides least you find yourself ‘stuck’ waiting for the ebb.

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