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Damon Point

With four miles of beach walking and water on three sides, Damon Point is one of the best places to hike and view wildlife in the North Beach area of Washington's Pacific Coast.

Start your walk just south of the RV campground. Head east to Protection Island, across a narrow spit that connects the mainland to your destination. At one time a road connected the two, but one too many storms and the growing spit has made it a thing of the past. Even though this area is within Grays Harbor, the south side gets buffeted by waves and wind. Dress for the conditions.

After crossing the spit you have some choices: hike around the point along the beach or head down the old road to the point. It's about four miles to circumnavigate the point. Sunny days will reveal views of Mount Rainier, the Olympics and Westport on the other side of the harbor. Bring your binoculars, telephoto lenses and tripods to capture bald eagles and scores of shorebirds. In the winter, look for visiting snowy owls and endangered snowy plovers along the beach or in the dunes. Just be sure to keep a respectful distance from these magnificent birds.
Driving Directions:

From Hoquiam, drive SR 109 west to SR 115, the turn-off to Ocean Shores. Go south on SR 115 until you reach Point Brown Avenue in Ocean Shores. Proceed south on Point Brown Avenue about 4.5 miles. The entrance is just past a big abandoned hotel and RV campground. Park off the road on the wide grassy area. Go left (east) past a port-a-potty to reach the spit to Damon Point.

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Damon Point — Mar 29, 2014 — calixtomoon
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16 of our hiking group started about 30 min. before high tide. The first part of our walk was wonde...
16 of our hiking group started about 30 min. before high tide. The first part of our walk was wonderful beachcombing combined with several desperate dashes inland to avoid incredibly fast inrushing waves! A gorgeous day in the sunshine! We walked to the point, and back along the eastern side. Several of our group gathered and carried out a huge amount of trash (so much plastic) along the way and also created a pile of stuff that couldn't be carried back out. Sad to see in such a gorgeous place.
We were out for about 4 hours at a very leisurely pace, thoroughly enjoying the wind and sun!
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Damon Point — Jan 25, 2014 — Kellbell
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No owls. Super bummer, because that was the main reason I went. My friend and I used all our owl sum...
No owls. Super bummer, because that was the main reason I went. My friend and I used all our owl summoning powers to no avail. But it was an awesomely beautiful day, so I can't complain too much. I really think I'll try again next year, but I'll wait until someone announces that the owls have arrived. (maybe some years they don't come?) For the full story and more pics, click here:
http://kellbell-whywouldany[…]y-of-protection-island.html
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Damon Point — Jan 05, 2014 — catholiccoug
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Beautiful sunny day but pretty windy. Bundled up and was just find. Was hoping to see the snowy ow...
Beautiful sunny day but pretty windy. Bundled up and was just find. Was hoping to see the snowy owls but I didn't see any. I did see a nice hawk. It's actually 5.5 miles from when you turn into Ocean Shores to the parking lot. I had my GPS on and I'd say it is closer to 5 miles if you walk all the way around the perimeter. I walked mostly around the perimeter and cut through the middle towards the end (stumbled upon an old paved road) and I walked 4.5 miles.
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Damon Point — Jun 30, 2013 — jnewton
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We decided to hike Damon Point in June to escape hot weather that had made it to western washington ...
We decided to hike Damon Point in June to escape hot weather that had made it to western washington – so no snowy owls for us. Still plenty of wildlife to see!

We arrived at the trailhead and were a bit confused as the “state park” signs were nowhere to be found. We parked just off of Protection Island Road and proceeded on foot to the beach and then from there, headed left up the spit to Damon Point.

We circled the point in about 3 hours, with plenty of time to stop for an afternoon snack and to gawk at wildlife. The weather was warm for the location (mid-70s), so we comfortably dabbled our feet in the water from time to time. You probably want to have at sandals at least as the broken shells and pebbles can be problematic to bare feet.

It was a rare sunny day in Ocean Shores, and we could see the Olympic Mountains and a very faint (due to haze) Mount Rainier from many vantage points along the seaside walk.

The highlight of the beach walk was definitely the wildlife. Here’s a partial list of what we spotted:

•Peregrine Falcon (munching on an unlucky gull!)
•Harbor Seal
•Sea Lion
•Bald Eagle
•Caspian Tern
•Brown Pelican
•Little sandpipers of some sort
•lots of gulls

We’re no naturalists though, so correct us if we misidentified something. We recommend this hike when other parts of Washington are extremely hot. Finally, it would be nice to know the mystery about “Damon Point State Park.” The guidebook refers to this park. There are plenty of unofficial websites that refer to this park. However, we noticed no signage at the point and could locate no official state park webpage. Nor were we able to locate information about its closing? Can anyone clue us in? It seems particularly important that this land is protected, given the habitat it provides for many unique animals.
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Damon Point — Mar 29, 2013 — Twilightmom
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Beautiful Day to hike! Just wanted to let people know that the White Owls are still around! We saw t...
Beautiful Day to hike! Just wanted to let people know that the White Owls are still around! We saw two of them which made our day!!! They are beautiful!
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Snowy owls spent time at Damon Point during the winter of 2012. Photo by Bob Griffith.
Location
Olympics -- SW Washington
Washington State Parks
Statistics
Roundtrip 4.0 miles
Highest Point 10 ft
Features
Coast
Mountain views
Wildlife
User info
Good for kids
Dogs allowed on leash
No pass or permit required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)
USGS Point Brown, USGS Westport

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