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With some advance planning, the 2.5 hour drive to the Pacific West Coast can be a delightful day trip from Agate Beach House.
Not far from Ruby Beach (approximately 11 miles by car) is the Hoh Rainforest, where there are hiking trails for all skill levels and scenic drives through majestic moss-draped trees.
The rugged sea stacks and surging tides of Ruby Beach are scenic and easy to access.
From the parking area, there is a short (.25 mile), well-groomed path through salmonberries, spruce, and fir trees leading to the beach.
Bring a jacket (even in the summer) as the weather can change quickly, and its often cool and windy.
Like most of Washington’s coast, Ruby Beach is often storm-swept or shrouded with fog, ruggedly beautiful with spectacular sunset views.
Alternatively, drive 11 miles north to the Hoh Rain Forest (http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/visiting-the-hoh.htm), where there are a range of scenic hikes and drives to choose from.
You may spot a herd of Roosevelt Elk or other wildlife that call Hoh Rainforest home.