Much of my exploring in and around Seattle has been at the suggestion of Seattle Magazine and I have it to credit for most of my knowledge on where to go in Seattle. For the past 3-4 years I’ve wanted to go to Neah Bay, an unassuming, but very recommended coastal town on the Olympic Peninsula. After reading about it first in Seattle Magazine, my plan was to stay at Hobuck Beach Resort and then take a hike on Shi Shi Beach (pronounced like the word shy). I’ve literally thought about doing this for three years and after years of wishing I could go (it was event on The List 2011), I finally went this past weekend.
Hobuck Beach Resort is certainly not a resort, but it’s on the beach and has the basic necessities you need to spend a weekend away from the city. The cabins were fairly new, super clean and well stocked for bringing your own food to cook in the kitchen. We ended up with an incredible view and I was pleased that the experience was exactly as advertised.
Shi Shi Beach was quite the hike — 8 miles roundtrip — and included 1.5 miles of boardwalk, 1 mile of muddy bogs and an impressive bluff to climb down to the beach. After we finally reached the beach, I was exhausted and very tempted to just sit for an hour or so before starting the long hike back to the car. After a short rest, and encouragement from my boyfriend, we hiked the final two miles down the beach to Point of the Arches, one of the main attractions on the hike. I will say that it’s not worth making it down to the beach if you don’t make it to the arches — so make the treck. The hike is long but walking around the arches at low tide is amazing. If you consider going, these directions were excellent.
The sea wildlife was amazing and the views were incredible.
On our way out to Neah Bay, we stopped on Hurricane Ridge to do a short day hike up Hurricane Hill. Gorgeous views.
All in all it was a fantastic trip — very happy I can check this off the list and that it was everything I’d hoped it would be.