— Second Beach – Where the Forest Meets the Sea —

The Olympic Peninsula on the upper west coast of Washington State has a wide variety of ecosystems. During our week on the peninsula, we had the opportunity to stroll through a rain forest, hike along a ridge-line trail, and visit several magnificent Pacific Northwest beaches, including Second Beach.

Second Beach Forest Hike

Getting to Second Beach

Beach-goers must hike a 0.7 mile trail through a luscious and lofty seaside forest to reach this beautiful beach.

Big forest trees Second Beach Washington

Can’t say we’ve ever hiked through a forest to go to the beach!

Big forest trees Second Beach Washington

The trail varies slightly in elevation (no more than 100 ft) and gets a little steep toward the end! (Coming back up certainly was “fun”!)

Second Beach Forest Hike

The view of sea stacks through the towering trees was the quintessential Pacific Northwest scene we were anticipating.

Second Beach Forest Hike

This is truly where the forest meets the sea!

Second Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

Upon passing through the clearing of trees, we laid eyes on massive sea stacks and endless miles of beach.

Sea Stack Second Beach Olympic Peninsula WashingtonNatural Arch Second Beach Olympic Peninsula WashingtonNatural Arch Second Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

These beaches are nothing like the east coast beaches we grew up with in Florida!

Second Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington Sea gulls on the beach

The wildlife is unique to the area as well. Bald eagles, seals, and bird life can be spotted on the off-shore sea stacks. Mussels cling to rocks, and a variety of sea stars and urchins slowly move about in the shallow waters near the shoreline.

Mussels cover rock on the beach Mussels and starfish on a rock

This goes to show that beaches aren’t always colorful umbrellas, bikinis, and palm trees.

Forget Someday Travel Blog couple at Second Beach Olympic Peninsula Washington

Even with the sub-tropical temps, the beaches of the Pacific Northwest are definitely worth the visit!

Couple walking on the beach near sea stacks

2 Comments:

  1. wow! this looks amazing! Definitely want to explore.

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