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Third Beach to Oil City, Olympic National Park, WA

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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.)

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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.)

Sam Abell / Getty Images

America's Most Beautiful Coastal Walks

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