Page 1 Pictures taken from FB of DS's camping trip in 2016. This is for his album. He did the journaling.
Page 1 journal: My first stop on the way to Shi Shi Beach was at the Rangers' Station in Port Angeles for an overnight permit and a bear canister. I took off from there and later than I expected, I arrived in Neah Bay. The roads were narrow, windy and slow going.
Once at Neah Bay, another permit was needed from the Makah Indians. So I bought one from the general store and received some directions from the locals. Eventually, I arrived at a trailer on a few acres. There were about 10 cars lined up and parked neatly on the lawn, and at the end sat a station with envelopes and a drop box. Here was where I was to pay for parking. People do this because cars at the trailhead get robbed and vandalized.
After parking and paying I repacked my brand new back pack using the bear canister, putting food and anything with a smell into the canister. Once completed, I set off for the trailhead which was about 1.25 miles south.
The first part of the trail was dry and in a forest which quickly opened up to smaller bushier trees and mud. For the start of this section there was a wood planked boardwalk to stay off the mud. Eventually it appears whoever built the boardwalk ran out of money or desire to complete the whole trail and so I was soon traipsing through mud puddles. Despite there not being any rain in a week the trail was incredibly muddy and the weather muggy in this small treed section.
The trail continued flat and level and brought me closer and closer to the sea. I could hear it before I could see it. When I could finally see the ocean it was filtered between some trees. Eventually there were openings big enough to step off the trail and look out but when I did I realized I was a couple hundred feet up on a cliff.
I hugged the forested cliff line for a few more miles, when I came to a sign. The sign stated that the trail was to continue down a steep grade using ropes. This was the cliff from earlier but now with ropes tied between trees. I, with a full pack and no gloves, took a second to understand what was being asked of me. Using my eyes to traverse the couple hundred feet I saw a few gaps between the ropes that I would need to be careful but overall I just needed to hold onto the rope. Wearing my 40 to 50lb pack I started down the incline. Grabbing rope after rope and using the trees below me to block any sliding that may happen I finally came to the bottom.
After descending via ropes I was still in a forested area but could hear the beach. I kept walking the path past a couple primitive make shift camp sites that were still slightly forested. I wanted to make camp on the beach so kept going - getting peek a boo views of the beach. Finally breaking out of the trees, I found myself on Shi Shi beach! Four miles of sand lay in front of me; waves crashing over rocks on the North side, sand in the middle and Point of Arches rising from sea to the South.