Olympic National Park Beach Tours Offer Optic and Photographic Splendor

A participant looks through a spotting scope at the beach with huge drift logs in the background

Olympic National Park beaches are unique natural wonders

Olympic National Park’s wilderness coastline stretches along 62 miles (100 km), creating the longest undeveloped coastline in the continental United States.   In addition to wilderness beaches, you will also experience wild headlands, rocky islets, old-growth beach logs, and tidepools if visiting during low tide on Olympic National Park beach tours. 

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Girl focusing on a bright orange Sunflower Star, commonly called a starfish, at an Olympic National Park beach

Combine an Olympic National Park beach with the Hoh Rainforest

Less than one hour (30 miles) out of the way roundtrip by vehicle if combining with a Hoh Rainforest elk and hiking tour

Olympic National Park beach tours to the wild Washington coast near La Push, Washington or to Ruby Beach can focus on vibrant Olympic National Park marine invertebrates as seen during low tide, marine bird viewing opportunities, a stunning seascape, or sunset view. 

Each Olympic National Park beach has a unique combination of expansive sandy beach, impressive headlands, rocky islands, iconic sea stacks, and dynamic tidepools.  Olympic Peninsula tidepooling and hiking tours will take your hiking ability and tidepooling interests into account. 

Huge root wad stranded on an Olympic National Park beach with a boy standing in the middle for size comparison

Beyond the beach is a marine sanctuary

Adjacent to the Olympic National Park coastline, the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary includes thousands of offshore nautical miles.  Olympic National Park beaches are part of a dynamic coastal wilderness, with rocky features like caves and huge beach logs indicative of ceaseless wave action and intense winter storms. 

A rocky outcropping on an Olympic National Park beach is shown covered in mussels, barnacles, sea stars, and anemones

A man kneels down to investigate intertidal life during low tide with expansive beach, rocks, and islets in the background

Olympic National Park Beach Options

Olympic National Park beach tours access beaches near La Push, Washington including Rialto Beach, Second Beach, or Third Beach.  If combining an Olympic National Park beach tour with the Hoh Rainforest, then it additionally makes sense to check out Ruby Beach in lieu of one of the La Push beaches based on timing of the tides.

Two Giant Green Anemones of about the same size are attached to a rock and are fully visible underwater

A couple in the background explore an Olympic National Park beach showing rocky outcroppings covered in intertidal life

Hiking or lodging at Olympic National Park beaches

Access to Second and Third Beach involves a lovely hike through coastal rainforest before reaching the beach.  Rialto Beach does not include a hike through coastal rainforest but can involve miles of beach hiking.  The assessable, captivating, and potentially overlooked First Beach is located on the Quileute Reservation adjacent to La Push, Washington.  Consider lodging at the Quileute Oceanside Resort in La Push in order to experience some of the dynamic features of First Beach, especially during the winter.

A woman looks through a spotting scope at a Bald Eagle attaching a gull in the Quillayute River

Tour Olympic National Park beaches with a naturalist guide

Each Olympic National Park beach has something different to offer based on the time of year, the timing of the tides, the time of day, and the weather.  Your naturalist guide will help you to have the best tour experience possible at one or more Olympic National Park beaches by assessing your preferences, the many different coastal variables and the different beach options. 

Sol Duc River forms the mighty Quillayute River

If visiting the Sol Duc Valley, which is a great tour combination with a La Push Beach, it is nice to understand how the Sol Duc River involves the Quillayute River.  Near the junction with Three Rivers (near La Push), the Sol Duc, Bogachiel, and Calawah rivers all come together to form the short and powerful Quillayute River.  Many of the old-growth trees that have fallen into one of these three rivers that drain Olympic National Park, end up being deposited at the mouth of Quillayute or along one of the nearby beaches.