Nature’s Champion Olympic National Park, National Geographic: Untouched Wilderness Beach

Soft light on beach scene with sea stacks and birds flying.

Western gulls circle the empty coast on Shi Shi beach that is known for it’s rocky sea stacks in Olympic National Park. Among the other coastal birds are bald eagles and rhinoceros auklets that feed and nest in offshore trees.

Northwest hikers have consistently rated Shi Shi as one of the region’s most beautiful beaches. Wilderness permits are required for camping.

One of the last additions to Olympic National Park, Shi Shi Beach’s inclusion in 1976 was met with a fair amount of resistance. Abutting landowners had to be convinced to allow public access. Land developers had to be discouraged from turning the area into an enclave of second homes.

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