South Coast Trail – Olympic National Park [Video]

Join me on a 5-day family backpacking trip on the South Coast Trail in Olympic National Park to photograph seascapes along this wild stretch of Washington Coast.  We start at Third Beach and make camps at Scotts Bluff and Strawberry Point.  Along the way, we found towering sea stacks, coastal sitka spruce forests, tide-pools, seals, sea otter, great blue heron and bald eagles. A pack of coyote howl 100 feet from our tent. Weather ranges from light rain to coastal fog to clear skies full of stars.

Sea stack on Washington Coast in fog, near Toleak Point, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Sea stack on Washington Coast in coastal fog, near Toleak Point

Moonlit sea stack on Washington Coast under starry sky, near Toleak Point, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Moonlit sea stack on Washington Coast under starry sky, near Toleak Point

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) wading along shoreline below Giants Graveyard sea stack on Washington Coast at sunset, near Strawberry Point, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Great blue heron (Ardea herodias) wading along shoreline below sea stacks, near Strawberry Point

Glowing tents camping on beach below sea stack on Washington Coast, Scotts Bluff, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Tents camping on beach below sea stack on Washington Coast, Scotts Bluff

Old growth coastal forest on Washington Coast, Scotts Bluff, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Classic coastal sitka spruce forest, Scotts Bluff

Giants Graveyard sea stack on Washington Coast at sunset, near Strawberry Point, South Coast Trail, Olympic National Park, Washington, USA (Brad Mitchell Photography)

Sea stack called “Giants Graveyard” on Washington Coast at sunset

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One Response to “South Coast Trail – Olympic National Park [Video]”

  1. Sylvia Cunningham says:

    As always, you show that you have such an eye for composition and light. I really enjoy your photos!

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