Rialto Beach Nature Trail

Olympic National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain74ft
Trailhead Elevation95ft
Elevation Min/Max21/95ft
Elevation Start/End95/95ft

Rialto Beach Nature Trail

Rialto Beach Nature Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 95 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 74 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms and a parking. This trail connects with the following: North Coast Beach Travelway.

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Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press)
Douglas Lorain
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"Rialto Beach is, understandably, one of the most popular stretches of sand in Washington State. The wide and photogenic beach offers excellent wildlife viewing (especially for bald eagles) and beautiful vistas of the vast Pacific Ocean and some scenic nearby islands and pinnacles. It also has easy access via a good paved road. Unlike most other Olympic Coast beaches, you can even bring your dog and let him or her play in the sand. All of this means that solitude seekers probably should head elsewhere, unless they have the ability to visit in the off-season on a weekday. But the rewards of hiking here are many, especially for those who want to visit and even, at low tide, walk through a massive sea arch. It is well worth the relatively short hike and the constant company of other admiring people." Read more
"A short walk down a beautiful beach leads to Hole-in-the-Wall, a dramatic doorway through a rocky sea stack surrounded by tide pools. This is a crowded hike, but there’s nothing better than a day at the beach. Consider this an introduction course to the Olympic Peninsula’s wilderness coastline." Read more
Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books)
Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano
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"You don’t have to hike a great distance to experience one of the most scenic areas along the Pacific Coast. From the parking area, turn right (north) and hike the beach as little or as far as you want. This long stretch of wilderness beach stretches north and south from the Quillayute River. There are several hikes along the coast, but this one is easier than others: The creek crossings are not difficult, and there is only one headland that cannot be hiked around at low tide. The terrain is generally easy to walk on and consists of sand and cobblestones. In general, the walking is easier at low tide—otherwise you may be scrambling over slippery rocks, driftwood, and soft sand." Read more

Rialto Beach Nature Trail Reviews

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In my opinion this is one of the best beaches in Washington. It is about a mile and a half hike (really more of an easy strolling beach walk) along Rialto Beach to Hole-in-the-Wall, which is a rock arch that has been carved out by the surf and only really accessible at times other than high tide. The rock formations are fantastic. Be sure to check the tide schedule so that you can fully enjoy it, otherwise your visit will be more difficult. If you go at low tide on a decent day, you won't be disappointed because the sea life is so abundant. At low tide the tide pools are just amazing, with a great variety of sea anemones, starfish, mussels, crabs, and other sea critters. Cormorants and gulls are plentiful. There are also bald eagles often soaring overhead or in the trees, and they are always exciting to see. Leashed dogs are allowed but only as far as Ellen Creek. Pack out your garbage and keep this special place beautiful and pristine.
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Surreal and beautiful! If you are even close you must stop and experience this beach.

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Trail Information

Olympic National Park
Nearby City
Olympic National Park
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Olympic National Park Forks Office, 551 S. Forks Ave. (US 101); (360) 3747566; nps.gov/olym/index.htm
Local Contacts
Green Trails no. 130S, Ozette; Green Trails Custom Correct North Olympic Coast
Local Maps

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Dec 2018