Aside from the sandy beaches of Seabrook, the Washington coast offers many beaches of varying geographics. A short drive North of Seabrook, Ruby Beach boasts large, flat river rocks sprawling for what seems like miles, endless driftwood for climbing and building play huts, tide pools & a warm stream full of tadpoles.
Ruby Beach is the perfect day trip to add to your Seabrook itinerary. Head North on Highway 109, then take a right at BIA 26 Rd (the Moclips Highway). About 20 miles down the road, you’ll turn left on Highway 101 and then drive for another 44 miles until you see the sign for Ruby Beach.
Looking to explore a little along the drive? On highway 101, after “Beach 3” just before you cross Steamboat Creek, you can stop and visit the Big Cedar Tree. Nearly 1,000 years old, this monstrous tree was once the third largest of its species. In 2014 it was split nearly in half during a large storm. Though the Big Cedar suffered a tremendous break, it now serves as a “nurse log” for many saplings. The tree is just a few steps from a small parking area, right off the highway.
When you arrive at Ruby Beach, there is a parking area just a short walk from the beach itself. The trail is short and well maintained, making it easy to get down to the beach. If you’re bringing kids, water shoes are a must. Although beautiful, Ruby Beach doesn’t have the same soft sand as the beaches in Seabrook and is not ideal for bare feet. This natural, coastal playground will provide hours of fun for the whole family. Find tidepools (at low tide), a small creek with warm water (during summer months) & plenty of well-weathered driftwood just begging to be turned into a secret hideout.
There aren’t any restaurants near Ruby Beach and you’ll definitely be hungry after a long day in the sun, so be sure to bring lots of snacks or a picnic lunch so you don’t get too hungry before you get back to town!
Seabrook is a perfect base hub for your Pacific Coast adventures!