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- Anniversary TripThis place is a local favorite, so be aware of its popularity! They have recently enlarged the parking area, so that does help. Beach access is via a long set of stairs, not for anyone in a wheelchair, so be aware. Views are breathtaking!! Another stop to have your camera with you and ready to go. Restrooms are also available, but only in the parking area.Visited May 2023Travelled as a coupleWritten 5 May 2023
- Hidden gem for sureI wasn’t expecting greatness but I got it. Despite it being cold, windy, and overcast, this beach had such amazing views and rivaled Canon Beach for me. The driftwood was such a fun thing to jump and balance test on, and I ended up spotting and rescuing a banana slug that I found along the road down. It gave me such an amazing view at one point, which I’ll include in photos. Fun fact, Forks WA where Ruby Beach is, is the setting for Twilight. Only fun memories from my visit here.Visited June 2023Travelled with friendsWritten 5 July 2023
- Beautiful and PeacefulWe got here pretty early in the morning and unfortunately, the tide was on its way in, so we weren't able to fully experience the rock pools. That being said, this is a beautiful beach with lots of rock formations. It is quite pebbly and there is tonnes of driftwood around which adds to the beauty. It was too cold -and too early - to swim, but we enjoyed our short walk down to the beach and the time we spent there. There is parking but it's a relatively small lot. So I could see it getting quite full later in the day. I would recommend visiting here if you have time.Visited July 2023Travelled as a coupleWritten 2 August 2023
- Beautiful views, not too long of a hike for young children.The North Coast of Washington State is wild, beautiful and fun to explore. I grew up in Seattle, so this area has been as much my backyard as the North Cascades, Dry Falls and Glacier Peak. There are tons of trails in this area and it's a great place for a day hike. Nearby State and National Parks make this an easy place to visit while camping on the Coast. Highly recommended. It is my advice, unless you are experienced coastal hikers, to come in the summertime during the long, low tides that occur during the daylight hours. The tide can come in quickly in Fall and Winter, making what started as a fun hike into an emergency rescue situation.Visited May 2023Written 7 August 2023
- Beautiful beachWow, really nice rock formations on the beach. Most of the beach is flat rocks but further out towards the water is sand. It was somewhat foggy when we were there, but that made for better photos. Lots of people and kids there. No permit required for day use. Definitely stop by if you're in the area. Dogs allowed on a leash.Visited August 2023Travelled with familyWritten 17 August 2023
- Ruby BeachWe stopped at Ruby Beach while exploring Olympic National Park. There is a large parking lot with a short trail down to the beach. This type of beach is so different than what we are used to on the east coast so we really enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. We probably stayed less than an hour but it was definitely a highlight of the day.Visited July 2023Travelled with familyWritten 18 August 2023
- Breathtaking ViewsOn our excursion around Olympic National Park, we were suggested to stop at this beach and oh, are we glad we did. We had a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky and it was absolutely beautiful. We were there on a Wednesday and there was hardly anyone on the beach, and it's very large. There is a lot of driftwood around and rock formations that were so interesting. Words can't describe the beauty.Visited September 2023Travelled with familyWritten 20 September 2023
- Beautiful, rocky/pebbly beachRuby Beach is incredible. The beach is a pebbles and rocks polished smooth by time. The rocks are rich colors and mottled greys. It's generally easy hking with a few driftwood logs to cross along the way. We hiked to the Hole in the Wall but didn't try to access it as the tide was too high. Still, a beautiful and unique site. It rained, typical of the Pacific NW. One just puts on their raingear and keeps going. We didn't see "ruby"--apparently it is best at sunset.Visited September 2023Travelled with familyWritten 2 October 2023
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Jun 2023 • Solo
My first experience on a west coast beach. A lot of beautiful rock formations and driftwood, played peek a boo with some seals and watched the sunset. It was perfect
Written 8 December 2023
Jul 2023 • Solo
Ruby Beach is absolutely gorgeous, from the driftwood and tall trees to the waves crashing against sea stacks. It's right off Highway 101 and a short walk down from the parking lot. There is plenty to explore, but you'll want to wear good shoes on the rocky shore. Definitely a must-visit spot when visiting Olympic National Park.
Written 4 November 2023
Sep 2023 • Friends
Even with the drizzly weather, the beach was absolutely beautiful. We loved walking down the beach and being amazed by the stacks and the huge pieces of driftwood. The driftwood did make it a little complicated to get to the water, but it was a nice brain challenge to figure out the puzzle without having to climb over the pieces.
Written 17 October 2023
Sep 2023 • Family
Ruby Beach is incredible. The beach is a pebbles and rocks polished smooth by time. The rocks are rich colors and mottled greys. It's generally easy hking with a few driftwood logs to cross along the way. We hiked to the Hole in the Wall but didn't try to access it as the tide was too high. Still, a beautiful and unique site. It rained, typical of the Pacific NW. One just puts on their raingear and keeps going. We didn't see "ruby"--apparently it is best at sunset.
Written 2 October 2023
Jul 2023 • Friends
VERY BEAUTIFUL. The water is super chilly, but it is super beautiful. It is a must see when traveling to Washington.
Written 30 September 2023
Sep 2023 • Solo
Easy to get to and easy to walk on once you are there. I am not sure why everyone raves about Hole in the Wall at Rialto. There are several hole in the wall rock formations here and they are 50-200 feet from the end of the trail not a mile away.
Written 22 September 2023
Sep 2023 • Family
On our excursion around Olympic National Park, we were suggested to stop at this beach and oh, are we glad we did. We had a perfect day, not a cloud in the sky and it was absolutely beautiful. We were there on a Wednesday and there was hardly anyone on the beach, and it's very large. There is a lot of driftwood around and rock formations that were so interesting. Words can't describe the beauty.
Written 20 September 2023
Sep 2023 • Couples
It’s a pretty beach even on a misty late summer day. In the summer this would be SO pretty! There is a viewing point that is wheelchair accessible, and/or you can do a little walk to get down to the beach. They also had restrooms.
Written 5 September 2023
Aug 2023 • Family
Beautiful beach in Olympic National Park! Highly recommend! A lot of beautiful logs and Sea stacks! Kids absolutely loved it! Definitely go at low tide!
Written 24 August 2023
Jul 2023 • Family
We stopped at Ruby Beach while exploring Olympic National Park. There is a large parking lot with a short trail down to the beach. This type of beach is so different than what we are used to on the east coast so we really enjoyed walking around and taking it all in. We probably stayed less than an hour but it was definitely a highlight of the day.
Written 18 August 2023
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I will be near Ruby Beach during the week of Sept 13-17. Looking at the tide tables, I see that low tide during that time is not very much lower than high tide... Will I still be able to see critters in tide pools?
Only see them at low tide. It's a beautiful beach to walk even if you don't get to see the tide pool critters.
Hello everyone! I’m planning a road trip to Portland Oregon and Washington around labors day. If anyone has any advise or is familiar with this route please free to drop a comment. We will be flying into PDX and flying out of Seattle Washington. We have about 7 days to road trip through the two states. Here’s the itinerary and what I have planned so far - travel itinerary. Friday, 30 Aug flying to Portland (PDX) Arrival 11:30p Saturday , 31 August - Portland, Oregon - Saturday ( full day) - Sunday morning Things to do: Portland ( the city) +Monmouth falls - Sunday afternoon - 1pm -Head to Forks Washington ( approx 4hour drive) Sunday, Sept 1 Arrive at forks - - arrival 5pm Things to do: Ruby beach Monday, 2 Sep HoH rainforest (Monday evening after rainforest Drive to Sequim - check into hotel ( approx 1 hour drive) Tuesday, 3 sep Hot springs, Olympic National part - Dul Soc Wednesday , 4 Sep- check out early Sept 4th- Leave Port Angeles Depart to port Townsend ferry to coupville, drive 48 mins -1hour to Anacortes to Friday harbor ( San Juan island) whale/ orca watching excursion -4:30p Wednesday stay at Friday harbor Earth box in - check out Thursday Thursday -Sept 5th Friday harbor to ana Cortes - Washington state ferry to Seattle Friday -Sept 6th Explore Seattle Ruby beach, Rialto beach, HOH rainforest - Forks August 31st -Sept 1st Sept 2nd -3rd Hot springs, Olympic National part - Dul Soc Sept 4th- Leave Port Angeles Depart to port Townsend ferry to coupville, drive 48 mins -1hour to Anacortes to Friday harbor ( San Juan island) whale/ orca watching excursion -4:30p Wednesday stay at Friday harbor Earth box in - check out Thursday Sept 5-6th Friday harbor to ana Cortes - Washington state ferry to Seattle Overnight Seattle
wow, been there, done that. I would suggest you stop at nectar in pdx and get some cannabis. then stop at voodoo too for some nutrition. I've been living in pacific county, awesome for 2 years now. I was on vacation we did a million things and got so overwhelmed. in a few weeks we're heading to neah bsy, ruby beach and jig rain forrest. when you're in the gorge you should climb beacon rock and visit the overlook on the oregon side. happy travels
How much time should we allow in Olympic National Park to see Hurricane Ridge, Ruby Beach, and Cresent Lake? Thanks
We drove in to Olympic national park from the north and hit hurricane ridge first. I would say we stayed an hour or two then we drove to Lake Crescent to spend the night. We stayed in the cabins that night. Great restaurant and they have some great easy hiking trails. My husband and I are 65 and they were perfect. Beautiful trees and a waterfall. Probably took us a half of a day. We did spend the night again because we had he time. The next morning we drove to Kalaloch lodge. An absolutely beautiful national park lodge right on the Pacific Ocean. We spent a day visiting the different beaches and exploring the coast line. We didn’t swim (really no one was) so we explored the tide pools, driftwood, and packed a lunch. One beach had picnic tables. The beaches are so different from our Florida beaches. Kalaloch lodge had a great restaurant also. Don’t forget binoculars. We had whale sightings while we were there. Did not seem like that long of a hike to ruby beach from where we parked. The hardest thing is climbing over all all the drift wood to the beach. A really fun adventure. Hope you enjoy.
what is the best way to get to Ruby beach from Seattle?
Murrieta, CA739 contributions
Take Interstate 5 south to Olympia then U.S. Route 101 to Olympic National Park and Ruby Beach. Depending on traffic it should take about 3 1/2 hours.
Can you park at/or near Ruby Beach overnight? (Not camping, just leaving a vehicle in this location)
I think you could park overnight, I saw nothing that said you couldn’t. Plus there are restrooms in the parking lot I’m sure travelers stop all the time during the night.
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