The Clallam Bay Sekiu area is surrounded by beautiful places to hike. Come and hike through some of our lovely National and State parks, or take a walk along one of the beautiful beaches that grace the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Pacific Ocean.
Take a look at these websites to get you started:
Merrill & Ring Tree Farm Tour
A tour of a working commercial forest begins at the old logging camp at Pysht, ten miles east of Clallam Bay on Hwy 112. For reservation scheduling please contact the Merrill & Ring Pysht Tree Farm at (360)-963-2378.
Much of this coastline is accessible, with pull offs stretching from five miles west of Sekiu, near the mouth of the Hoko River, all the way to Neah Bay. During the winter months, a high concentration of bald eagles can be viewed sitting along Hwy 112 and the beaches of this corridor. All year long, gray, Orca, pilot and humpback whales can be viewed while walking the beaches of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
These gentle giants feed along the edges of the vast kelp forests located along this coastline. Other marine mammals easily viewed while walking these beaches include porpoises, dolphins, sea lions, seals, river otters all year long, and sea otters during the winter months.
Cape Alava – Sand Point Triangle Hike
Just three miles west of Clallam Bay on Hwy. 112 is the twenty one mile turnoff to the northwest entrance to Olympic National Park and the beautiful Lake Ozette wilderness area. From the Ranger Station at Lake Ozette, the trail head for the world famous Cape Alava trail heads to the north and the Sand Point trail heads to the south. Both trails are three miles of easy cedar-planked walking to beautiful primitive beaches. Along the three-mile ocean leg between these two points, hikers will find the 54 ancient petroglyphs carved at Wedding Rock. The full nine-mile loop hike can be easily completed at low tide and takes five – six hours. Cape Alava is the site of an ancient Indian village that was buried by a mud slide over 500 years ago.
Excavated in the 70’s, the relics are now preserved and beautifully displayed at the Makah Museum. At 7,787 acres, Ozette is one of the largest natural lakes in Washington, with 57 miles of shoreline, and is very deep, at over 300 feet. Campgrounds at the lake’s edge and nearby invite you to picnic, fish, swim, canoe or kayak to the many islands. On Lake Ozette, Erickson Bay Campground can only be reached by boat. Boat launches are available at Swan Bay, Rainier Landing or the campground near the Ranger Station.
Cape Flattery (Most NW Point in the Continental US)
One of the most beautiful spots on earth, Cape Flattery can be reached by following the signs out of Neah Bay, past the Tribal Center, five more miles to the north. The hike from your car is just slightly more than a half mile, gently sloping downhill. Observations decks have been built on both sides, and the end of the Cape, providing wonderful views into the sea caves, and out to the lighthouse on Tatoosh Island. Cape Flattery is the most northwestern point in the contiguous United States. It is an excellent viewing spot for migrating raptors in the spring, gray whales all year long, and especially during the fall and spring migrations, humpback whales, pilot whales, Orca whales, sea otters and puffins. The northwest coastline of Washington has witnessed a successful sea otter relocation project, from total extinction, their numbers are climbing yearly. The highest concentration can be found from Tatoosh south, with the females and pups residing near Cape Alava. A colony of Murres nests on Tatoosh Island providing a safe location for this very rare and special species of coastal birds. Cormorants nest on the walls of the sea caves to the north of the Cape.
West of Neah Bay, take the bridge by the Tribal Center. Take a Hobuckhard right turn off the bridge onto the gravel road to Hobuck Beach. This road will meet up again with the paved road south to the fish hatchery. Hobuck is a favorite local public beach known for it’s flat and sandy shoreline, making it very popular with surfers, surf-kayakers, and families.
Hoko River State Park
The Hoko River State Park is a group of properties that totals about 1,000 acres. Although it is not an official State Park yet, Hoko River State Park still provides many recreational opportunities in the Clallam Bay/Sekiu area. There are freshwater access points on the Hoko and Little Hoko Rivers as well as beach access on the Strait of Juan de Fuca. One can fish, surf, hike, kayak, beach comb and many other things within the park. The park is day use only at this time and a Discover Pass is required.
One Mile Beach
Heading west along the coastline from Sekiu, One Mile Beach is a popular hike with local residents. Stop at Olson’s Resort for directions.
Shi Shi Beach
To access the Shi Shi trail head, go through Neah Bay, head out of town to the west, turn south on the Bridge by the Makah Tribal center and go to the end of the road. This trail has been beautifully partially renovated by the Makah Tribe with a new parking lot before the gait to the Fish Hatchery. The trail is less than three miles one way. Shi Shi was named the best wilderness beach in the United States by the Travel Channel (of the Discovery Channel) in 2003. Shi Shi beach is located within the National Marine Sanctuary and the coastal section of Olympic National Park. Point of Arches, one of the most photographed coastal spots on the Olympic Peninsula is at the south end of Shi Shi.
In Clallam Bay, this historic Coast Guard lighthouse site still retains the U.S. Light House Service “Keepers Residence”, a Queen Anne style duplex with original interior, and an automated light and horn buoy, on the east side of the bay, to guide mariners. The Slip Point tide pools are the very best in the area, showing off magnificent sea creatures at low tide to catch the attention of the casual beachcomber or the expert marine biologist. Future plans include rebuilding an exact replica of the Slip Point Lighthouse on this site.