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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 12:21 am 
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I'd like to head to the coast to see some big wave action. Not surfing, just seeing the power of the ocean. What are the go to spots for this? Probably more of a car adventure- may take the kids for a long day but a mile or two hike is fine. Any tips on what data and weather feeds to pay attention to?
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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 6:33 am 
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uww wrote:
I'd like to head to the coast to see some big wave action. Not surfing, just seeing the power of the ocean. What are the go to spots for this? Probably more of a car adventure- may take the kids for a long day but a mile or two hike is fine. Any tips on what data and weather feeds to pay attention to?

For the purposes you're asking about, I often watch the Navy's data:
https://www.fnmoc.navy.mil/wxmap_cgi/cgi-bin/wxmap_all.cgi?type=prod&area=gfs_epac&prod=wav&dtg=2020102806&set=All

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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 8:10 am 
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For actual surfing forecast, I use magic seaweed, which pulls data from NOAA but makes it easier and faster to interpret. As for viewing large waves, find a place with a large bluff near the ocean. Here is the forecast for Wesstport:

https://magicseaweed.com/Westport-Surf-Report/310/

Cape Disappointment State Park is a popular spot for watching big waves crash into rocks.

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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 8:43 am 
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If we are ever allowed to go there again, Tofino on the BC coast is a good spot to see the big ones rolling in.

https://tourismtofino.com/things-to-do/activities-adventures/stormwatching/

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PostWed Oct 28, 2020 2:19 pm 
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Rialto beach in Olympic National Park is a great place to experience the power.


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Ashenbrenner Day-Use Area
South Beach (walk down to parking lot from highway)
Spruce Burl Trail (at Kalaloch Beach Trail #1)
the Parking strip alongside Hwy 101 just south of Ruby Beach
the Parking strip alongside Hwy 101 just north of the Kalaloch campground

DO NOT go down ON the beach anywhere along the Kalaloch Coastal Strip (South Beach to Ruby Beach) during one of the big winter storms. You will get killed.

Westport, Grayland, Tokeland, Copalis, Pacific Beach, Moclips, and Tahola are so-so, because you can't really get high up off the beach and see much of anything, and for young children it would be NO fun with the sand and salt spray blowing into their eyes.

uww wrote:
"...a mile or two hike is fine..."

Kalaloch Nature Trail (fabulous) - 3/4 mile loop immediately north of Kalaloch Store just on the other side of the bridge. If you blink you'll miss it. Tiny parking space on the west side of the highway just opposite the trailhead.

Kalaloch "Big Cedar" - would be fascinating for children - between Beach Trail #3 and Ruby Beach driving instructions here

Duncan Memorial Cedar (no trail, just a big-ass cedar - probably not a big attraction for small children - follow signs on Nolan Creek Road - 4.1 miles in off Hwy 101.
What makes this destination worthwhile is the tiny little trail through an ancient grove of Western Red Cedar less than two miles off the highway. (driving instructions here)

(* ALL of these trails - including a bit of storm-watching, can be done in a single day if you get an early start in the morning. *)

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