SHI SHI BEACH, Wash. (AP) — First there's a drive through windy seaside and tree-lined roads. Then there's a peek at the farthest northwest point in the lower 48 states. Finally, after a 2-mile hike along a wilderness trail with a descent down a 150-foot bluff, the reward is one of the most pristine spots on the coastline of Olympic National Park: Shi Shi Beach.
Curved conifers stand behind the beach as a testament to wind power. Deer wander down the bluffs to nip at leaves. Eagles perch atop bare pine trees. Driftwood washed ashore by Pacific waves lines the sand banks. In all, the 2.3-mile beach located at the northern end is an unpolished gem, far less visited than other park beaches with easier access.