Hole-in-the-Wall Trail

Forks, Washington

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The power and majesty of the ocean waves here will awe kids. These waves are not to be trifled with. They throw enormous stumps and logs far up the beach and reduce headlands to gravel and sand. Explain to children how the block-shaped rock 2 miles out to sea, Cake Rock, was once attached to the mainland, but wave action has made it an island. The walk down the beach to Hole-in-the-Wall, also carved by wave action, is a thrilling adventure for children. The Ellen Creek crossing at 1 mile can be somewhat difficult and hazardous if tides are high. Be prepared: Carry a current tide table. Hiking above the hightide mark is possible but more difficult than when the tide is low.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

The power and majesty of the ocean waves here will awe kids. These waves are not to be trifled with. They throw enormous stumps and logs far up the beach and reduce headlands to gravel and sand. Explain to children how the block-shaped rock 2 miles out to sea, Cake Rock, was once attached to the mainland, but wave action has made it an island.

The walk down the beach to Hole-in-the-Wall, also carved by wave action, is a thrilling adventure for children. The Ellen Creek crossing at 1 mile can be somewhat difficult and hazardous if tides are high. Be prepared: Carry a current tide table. Hiking above the hightide mark is possible but more difficult than when the tide is low.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Forks
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Difficult
Duration: Day hike or backpack
Trailhead Elevation: 10 feet
Top Elevation: 10 feet
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 130S Ozette
Driving Directions: Directions to Hole-in-the-Wall Trail

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Apr 2018