Hike to Rialto Beach

Washington Pacific NW Trail

Added by Jeff Richards

Enjoy this Olympic National Park scenic beach hike to sea stacks (2 miles roundtrip). Access to tidepools at low tide. 

Start at the very well kept parking lot at the end of Mora Road outside of La Push, Washington. There is no clearly marked trail to get to the sea stacks that are in all the pictures. It's about a mile hike down the beach to them. Although it is short, the hike can be difficult as the beach is made up of very loose rocks, and you will end up sliding sideways with every step you take.

About halfway down the beach you will have to cross Ellen Creek. It is not big, and there is a convenient fallen tree that can be used as a bridge to cross it, just make sure not to fall. After crossing, continue on, as the sea stacks will start to become more visible.

Once you get to the sea stacks, there will be many opportunities to take beautiful pictures should you choose to bring your camera equipment, or even just your phone. Passed the stacks is the famous Hole In The Wall sea cave. This entire area, and especially Hole In The Wall can only be reached during low tide, so be sure to check tide times before you set out.

The headland that Hole In The Wall is located on has a trail that goes up and over it, allowing you to explore more of the beach. There is also a small, but beautiful tidal zone right next to Hole In The Wall.

When you are ready to leave, simply head back down the beach to your car. Make sure to take in the sights of the nearby First Beach as you walk back!

Pack List

  • Camera gear
  • Sturdy waterproof shoes
  • Small water bottle
  • Swimwear (for summer)
  • Picnic supplies
  • Kayak or fishing pole if you've got them
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Activities:

Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Kayaking, Photography, Swimming

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Year Round

Trail Type:

Out-and-Back

Distance:

2 Miles

Rating:

Features:

Bathrooms
Beach
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Scenic

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about 1 year ago

The beach is beautiful and feels very secluded. The facilities are old and run down but that's not why you're there, right?

about 1 year ago

about 2 years ago

Rialto is such a special beach. Lots to explore.

about 2 years ago

Added by Jeff Richards

Addicted to the mountains and in love with all they offer.

 Boulder, CO

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