I love Shi Shi beach. If you have never been to the Olympic Peninsula and want to go, the Shi Shi beach hike is a must experience. It is a long drive (~5 hrs), but well worth it. It is best if you hike in to the beach and stay the night (or two). I bring my surfboards and try to time my trip up with a sunny, decent swell, low wind couple of days – which can be difficult.
The hike takes around 30-45 minutes to get to the beach from the trailhead depending on how muddy the trail is, at a decent pace. It is pretty gradual (easy) the majority of the way, until you get to the beach. Then there is a short decent down to the beach and then you have to walk on the beach (sand) until you have found your ideal camping or “lounging” location. It is a great workout to say the least and not to exerting.
Even if it is crowded down there you can still find room from your neighbors for privacy, and there is usually only a few (and mostly beginner) surfers, so you should be able to find the best peaks to yourself or only a couple of others (that decided to carry their boards down), if you are looking to surf. If you are able to time a trip up with some sunny days and low wind, and a swell 4-6ft… you will be stoked.
In between walking around with your bare feet all day in the sand naps, surf sessions, reading your book and eating, there are some very cool sea arches and caves at the south end of the beach to check out. It is very relaxing and I try to do this hike at least once per year. Have fun!