backpack from third beach trailhead to toleak point
Duration: 2 days/1 night
Distance: 12.8 miles round-trip
Elevation Gain: 1,028 feet
Trailhead: Third Beach Trailhead
planning your hike to toleak point
Are permits required? Yes. Permits are required and cannot be reserved ahead of time, but they are unlimited. You must pick up your permit the day of your trip at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.
How to get to the trailhead: The Third Beach Trailhead is located 66 miles west of the Wilderness Information Center on WA-110W/La Push Rd. The parking lot for the trailhead is too small to accommodate the number of hikers that head to Third Beach and the Olympic Coast. I recommend arriving as soon as possible. There is also no parking on the side of the road near the trailhead, you will be ticketed.
When to go: This hike can be done year-round but Spring - Fall will see more favorable weather.
Special Notes: This trip can only be done at low tide due to high tide completely covering the beach in some sections. The park ranger at the Wilderness Information Center will give you a tide chart when you pick up your permit. Make sure to plan your hike in and hike out according to this chart. Bear canisters are required for this backpacking trip. They keep bears away but also prevent smaller mammals such as raccoons and mice from becoming nuisances and getting into your food. If you don't have your own canister you can rent one from the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center.
Gear to Pack:
- The 10 Essentials
- Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tent
- Bear canister
- Insect repellent
- Camera gear
- Trekking poles
- Water filter