The Olympic National Park is one of the most impressive National Parks, with a wide variety of landscapes ranging from coastline to high-alpine mountains and this gorgeous stretch of shoreline is one of the park's most alluring highlights. Visiting a PNW coast will always be a unique experience — the dark moody weather, foamy waves and rugged sea stacks are different from what most people think of when they hear, "Let's go to the beach!".
Wide-angle lens (16mm)
Waterproof shoes (potentially fishing waders or a wetsuit)
Microfiber cloth and rocket-blower (in case any sea salt gets on your gear)
How to get there
N47° 42' 43.1496"W124° 25' 00.9804"
This image was taken on Ruby Beach, looking onto the sea stacks from a small cave rock, on the Olympic Peninsula.
To reach this spot, park at the Ruby Beach Trailhead, just off Highway 101 (south). The beach is just a short five-minute walk from the parking lot (47.709709, -124.413903).
Once you're down at the beach level, cross over the field of drift wood and continue north up the beach until you find a large grouping of rocks near the water. There will be a gap between some of the rocks that you'll be able to walk through and then look toward your left to see this "cave" view looking out onto the sea. It isn't really a cave, but more of a tunnel. I recommend referencing the GPS in satellite mode to help you locate the exact point where I stood.
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