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The Best Beach Hikes: South Coast Route, Washington

I plan to go backpacking on a beach this summer in the Pacific Northwest. Do you have any recommendations?

Third Beach     Photo: Darryl Hodgins/Flickr

A:Washington's vast Olympic National Park has no shortage of quiet, hidden beaches along its more than 60 miles of rainforest-fringed Pacific shoreline. The best is the 17-mile section of the South Coast Trail from Third Beach Trailhead to Oil City Trailhead, which takes takes two or three days to complete and crosses rivers and fields of driftwood along the way. Bring your camera to snap pictures of the sea stacks, which jut like teeth above the waters just offshore, and plan your trip for midweek to avoid other hikers.

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