Sunnyside Beach North is a long strip of beach and an accompanying park with spectacular views of the southern Puget Sound, McNeil Island, and Anderson Island. It’s a popular local spot for dogs and their humans to stretch their legs, and the picnic and barbecue facilities make it perfect for a family day at the beach.
It’s a mix of sand and grass arranged in a 1,400-foot strip, right next to the Puget Sound. All creatures are welcome to take a dip in the water, but beware of the jellyfish that can sometimes crop up in the shallow areas of the Sound. There’s a car park to the south, as well as bathroom and shower facilities. Drinking water is also available for you - and the pooch too!
The grassy area of Sunnyside Beach Park is surrounded by trees, providing ample shade on sunny days. You’ll be open to the elements further along the beach, so factor this in during hot weather, and give your dog plenty of water and shade breaks. There are plenty of benches dotted along the park and beach, allowing you to rest and enjoy the breathtaking view.
The terrain is flat, with step-free access to the beach. Please note, however, that a railroad runs alongside the length of the beach, which must be crossed to move from the car park to the main beach park. The crossing itself is flat and can be accessed both on foot and with a wheelchair. It also has an alert system to notify visitors of incoming trains. That said, it’s best to make a thorough visual check before attempting to cross the railroad. Keep dogs on a short leash while you cross.
The nearest road – Chambers Creek Road – is separated from the park by the railroad, as well as a metal barrier, but it’s still best to keep your dog on a relatively short leash while you walk, as the beach and park are narrow.
Poop bags are not provided, so don’t forget to bring your own! As always, leave the park as you would expect to find it; clean, tidy, and safe for man’s best friend!