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.
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.
Date Hiked: 5/8/16
Road Trip Day #79
- Rialto Beach Trail – NPS
- Rialto Beach Trail – Washington Trail Association
- Second Beach Trail – NPS
- Second Beach Trail – Washington Trail Association
- Map – NPS Olympic Wilderness Trip Planner (free from Visitor Center)
- Trail Guide – Olympic National Park & Vicinity by Douglas Lorain
- Map – USFS Olympic Peninsula 2014 edition
- Barefoot Jake (lots of local trail intel and amazing photography)
- Pacific Northwest Trail (PNT)
- 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