America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks
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Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park, WA
Part rocky scramble, part beach walk, complete with moody ocean views and mountain vistas, the coastal trail in Olympic National Park is world class. At low tide, deep water animals such as bright red sunflower starfish, anemones, and multicolored sea slugs will keep you company as they are revealed on rocks in tide pools. You’ll want to choose different paths depending on time and tide, so be sure your trail maps and tide tables are current.
Challenge Level: Strenuous.
Essential Gear: Staring into tide pools gets muddy quick, so strap a set of gaiters over your running shoes or hiking boots to keep debris out. (Outdoor Research; $35.)