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North Beach County Park to McCurdy Point

Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast
48.1421, -122.7820 Map & Directions
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
800 feet
Highest Point
100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
View of McCurdy Point from the beach. Photo by K. Huntress Inskeep. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Coast

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This beach walk demonstrates the successful rehabilitation of a former dumpsite into a popular hiking destination, with views of the Strait of San Juan de Fuca and ample opportunities for wildlife viewing. Continue reading

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Hiking North Beach County Park to McCurdy Point

From the trailhead at North Beach County Park, you’d never know this beach was once the site of a rubbish dump. Only the sharpest eyes will still find the occasional bit of water-polished glass bits among shoreline pebbles and rock, the origin of the site’s local “Glass Beach” moniker. As you approach McCurdy Point, you’ll start to see scattered evidence of history in the form of old tires and related detritus.

Many eagles make their community in the trees on the bluff above, so you are sure to sight — and hear — at least a few. Seabirds abound — I saw an oystercatcher, my first such sighting.  A herd of seals enjoys gathering near the point; you’ll likely see a few of their cautiously curious faces poking up offshore along the length of the hike. The bluff walls offer geology geeks layers of time and geophysics to ponder.

The hike is popular, but many visitors turn back short of McCurdy point — go the distance and you may enjoy greater solitude as well as small tide pool viewing in lower tides. Hikers may occasionally need to climb over small logs during some tides. 

Speaking of tides: It’s essential to respect the tide here. Consult a tide table and plan accordingly to avoid getting trapped at high tide – the sandy bluffs abut private property and offer few to no escape routes. One possibility is to start your journey shortly after peak high tide during a cycle that will give you plenty of time for the approximately 6-mile out-and-back distance. 

Portable toilets, picnic tables and a small picnic shelter adjacent to the parking lot at the trailhead; more facilities and opportunities for hiking at adjacent Fort Worden Park.

Hike Description Written by
K. Huntress Inskeep, WTA Correspondent

North Beach County Park to McCurdy Point

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 48.1421, -122.7820 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Be sure to check the tides to avoid getting trapped on the beach at high tide.

The parking lot is very small and has limited parking.

See weather forecast

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the center of Port Townsend, follow F St for 0.7 miles. Turn right onto San Juan Ave and continue for 1 mile. Follow the road, which will veer left and become 49th Street, then immediately turn right onto Kuhn St. The parking lot will be at the end of the road in about 0.5 miles.

The parking lot at North Beach County Park is small; avoid parking in the adjacent neighborhood. If driving, bring your Discover Pass and plan your hike with a warm-up walk through one of Fort Worden’s many trails before heading to North Beach, or catch the Jefferson Transit route 2, which stops an easy warm-up walk from the trailhead.

take transit

Catch Jefferson Transit Route 2 at Haines Place Park & Ride. Route 2 stops at San Juan Ave/45th, Spruce and W St or at Fort Worden, which offer pleasant short hikes through Fort Worden State Park trails to North Beach.

From Seattle, M-F: Kingston Fast Ferry to Route 14 / Kingston Express.

From Edmonds, M-F: Edmonds - Kingston Ferry to Route 14 / Kingston Express.

From Kitsap County, North Viking Park and Ride, M-Sat: Jefferson Transit Route 7.

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Olympic Peninsula > Northern Coast

Jefferson County Parks and Recreation

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North Beach County Park to McCurdy Point

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