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Oil City

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast
47.7493, -124.4085 Map & Directions
Length
2.9 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
250 feet
Highest Point
50 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy
Photo by trip reporter Alex Deem. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Coast
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

The trail from Oil City starts out as a short forest jaunt along the Hoh River, and ends at the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean. Continue reading

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Hiking Oil City

The trail from Oil City starts out as a short forest jaunt along the Hoh River, and ends at the sandy shores of the Pacific Ocean.

The forested potion is flat and shaded with wonderful views across the Hoh, and some sneak peeks of ocean waves. Once you break through the trees, you'll need to cross over a thick pile of driftwood before you reach the beach. The beach here is sandy, though as you meander north, you'll be met with larger and larger rocks.

Eventually, you'll reach a point where the rocks become boulders and the headlands jut out closer to the sea, which serves as a great turnaround point for day hikers. If you want to explore north of these boulders, you'll need to pack along a tide chart and time your hike correctly as this area becomes inaccessible during high tide.

This trail is also a segment of the longer South Coast Wilderness Trail (or the even longer Pacific Northwest Trail) — just make sure you snag an overnight permit beforehand if you want to camp.

Hike Description Written by
Rachel Wendling, WTA Staff

Oil City

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7493, -124.4085 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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

Head south on Highway 101 to between mile post 177 and 178, just north of the Hoh River. Turn onto Oil City Road, which is both paved and dirt in sections, to the very end. This trailhead has lots of parking and a privy.

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Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park

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Green Trails No. 163s LaPush

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