Night sky at Elliot Ridge
As luck would have it, there was a new moon right in the middle of the walk. The first night was mostly clear, so I got a good view of the stars through the forest canopy at the Elliot Ridge campsite. There's one problem with doing this walk during a new moon though - it makes the high tides higher, which can make some of the beach walking especially risky if your timing is wrong. It also makes the low tides lower, so it can work in your favour too. A full moon also exacerbates the high and low tides.