Surf Camping at Hobuck Beach on the Washington Coast by Adventure Photographer Amy Galbraith
Adventures,  Surfing

Surf Camping Hobuck Beach in Washington

Hobuck Beach is a small beach just south of Cape Flattery, the most Northwest point in the United States. This area of Washington has always called to me for some reason. It may be it’s incredible beauty but it also may be the fact that it takes so long to get there. With no real direct roads leading to this part of the coast, it takes a minimum of four hours from Seattle to get there. A ferry ride is helpful to break up the drive time, but lines can be long for those. We are lucky to live in West Seattle where we have the option to drive through Tacoma on heavy ferry traffic days.

I had been to Hobuck Beach once before during a surf camping trip on the Strait of Juan de Fuca last fall. When the Strait wasn’t happening we made our way out to the coast via that windy and sometimes sketchy road. Once we saw it, I knew we had to return. Accommodations are so simple at the beach. Cabins or camping, with somewhat of a free-for-all when it comes to the camping part. Once you pitch your tent, you realize that the waves are roaring away just on the other side of the stand of trees. I was instantly at peace when I realized I’d be falling asleep to the sound of the waves.

This particular time we made our way out there for Memorial Day weekend. It was the first time in years I hadn’t booked a wedding for the holiday weekend and knew I wanted to get away. The surf forecast looked good so we took our chances on getting a campsite at Hobuck. We were lucky to have some friends arrive on Thursday night and pick out a quaint little spot in the trees. This kept us away from the rest of the cars, campers, trucks, tents, etc that flooded in during the next couple of days. The camping did ultimately fill up by the time Saturday night rolled around, but it really does seem like this place has room for hundreds.

The weekend was incredible. Good surf, sunny days, and stunner sunsets. While out surfing I spotted a sea lion and a bunch of little jellyfish. I was even able to grab the sunset surf session on Sunday night which will leave me dreaming of waves for weeks. Banks literally spent all day on the beach both of the full days we were there, barely stopping to eat lunch. Nap times aren’t quite as frequent when we are camping, but he sleeps so good at night time. We typically bundle him up in his little North Face snowsuit and put him on an extra sleeping pad right in between us. It’s really cozy and we all stay warm this way!

At the end of the weekend it’s always tough to say goodbye. We packed up our things and started on the long drive home back to the city. Even with the holiday traffic, we were able to hop on the ferry at Southworth pretty quickly. I’ll now be spending my days dreaming of sun, surf, and s’mores under the stars.

Heading out to Hobuck? Here are a few of my favorite stops along the way:

Dining and Groceries in Port Angeles:
Port Angeles Gastropub
New Day Eatery
Country Aire (for groceries)

Camping at Hobuck doesn’t require a reservation, but their cabins do. You’ll also need to purchase a $10 recreation pass which is good for the year. All of this can be done at check-in when you arrive at the campground. They also have firewood available for purchase, as do a variety of vendors in the Neah Bay area. Reserve your cabin and find out more information about the resort HERE. Note: They accept credit cards for both camping fees and recreation pass purchases!