What Are the Best Beach Hikes?

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

Oregon trail hiking

Oregon Coast Trail via Shutterstock     Photo: Steve Estvanik

A:Bring bug spray and accurate tide charts, for starters. As for destinations, there are several long stretches of the Pacific coast hardly trodden upon by humans. The unforgiving landscapes will make you feel like an early explorer from hundreds of years ago—except with thousands of megapixels at your disposal to capture the moment. These three hikes, one each in Washington, Oregon, and California, are the most captivating.

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