Ruby Beach

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Stormy day at Ruby Beach
Ruby Beach
Ruby Beach 1936.jpg
Ruby Beach, 1936. Photo: George A. Grant
Map showing the location of Ruby Beach
Map showing the location of Ruby Beach
LocationJefferson County, United States
Coordinates47°42′39″N 124°24′56″W / 47.71083°N 124.41556°W / 47.71083; -124.41556Coordinates: 47°42′39″N 124°24′56″W / 47.71083°N 124.41556°W / 47.71083; -124.41556

Ruby Beach is the northernmost of the southern beaches in the coastal section of Olympic National Park in the U.S. state of Washington. It is located on Highway 101, in Jefferson County, 27 miles (43 km) south of the town of Forks.

Like virtually all beaches on the northern coast, Ruby Beach has a tremendous amount of driftwood. It is notable for the number of sea stacks there.

The beach is so called because of the ruby-like crystals in the beach sand.[1][2]

Destruction Island is located about 4 miles southwest off the beach. The island and the Destruction Island Lighthouse can be seen from the beach.

180° panorama from Ruby Beach, Olympic National Park, late in the afternoon of a sunny September day.


  1. ^ Roddy Scheer (April 22, 2011), "Ultimate coast guide to Olympic Peninsula", Seattle Magazine
  2. ^ The 10 Best of Everything National Parks: 800 Top Picks from Parks Coast to Coast, National Geographic Books, 2011, p. 418, ISBN 9781426207341

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