WA – Olympics – Second Beach and the Land of Vampires!

The naming wizard must have been feeling uninspired when he pulled out of the hat such boring names as First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach. But indeed those sad names line the coastline near Mora.

Continuing my quest to move beyond my neophyte coastal status, I skipped First Beach, but visited Rialto Beach during high tide. This beach too is part of the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT).

Then I visited Second Beach, where I watched the tide recede while walking a delightfully easy beach. I’m sure those on the Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT) are happy for this small section.

And found my first “impassable headwall” requiring overland travel, Teahwhit Head. 

The ominous warning sign for Teahwhit Head. 

Favorite rock. Look at those survivor trees! 

I was pretty excited to find my first ocean survey marker. 

Anyone know what these are? (Note: I’ve learned these are jellyfish aka free-floating hydrozoans that live on the surface of the open ocean, common name By-The-Wind Sailors, scientific name Velella)

Just to the south of Highway 110 (the Mora beach access road), is the town of Forks, the nearest place to resupply. I stopped by the visitor center and was completely surprised to find this was Vampireville. I’d forgotten all about the Twilight Series. It’s also home to Mick Dodge, featured on the National Geographic channel for his life in the nearby rainforest. The Twilight marketing is really over the top with everything seemingly named after the characters. Bella salad anyone? Edward burger? Jacob ribs? Of course all with more creative names.

Where Highway 110 splits, is the infamous Three Rivers. I heard the food is quite good, but then again it might be because the reviews were from hungry hikers. 

Those evil eyes don’t scare me! 


Date Hiked: 5/8/16

Road Trip Day #79


Jan’s Tips:

  • The NP campground at Mora provides for convenient overnight car camping. It’s a $20 per night, no-reservation CG. There are a couple other nearby options if this is full.
  • If you want to camp on trail, you’ll need a permit. You can either stop at the NP Information Center in Forks where I believe you can obtain the required bear canisters (for the raccoons). Be sure to ask for the Wilderness Trip Planner map as it shows the campsites, impassible headlands, low tide passage areas, and fresh water locations. They will also provide you with a Tide Chart and explain how it works for the area you’ll be visiting. Note: I was told fresh water must be boiled or filtered, that chemicals will not work sufficiently (to kill a bacteria?).
  • The tide maps are available from the Visitor Center and are posted at most trailheads and ranger stations. If unfamiliar, take time to learn how to read. (link)
  • Nearest resupply is Forks.
  • Link to my other jaunts in Washington

6 thoughts on “WA – Olympics – Second Beach and the Land of Vampires!

  1. They are jellyfish! Vellela vellela is the scientific name. The protruding part functions as a sail.

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