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.
Rialto Beach Nature Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
"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."
--Oliver Lazenby , Hiking Washington (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Art Kruckeberg with Karen Sykes & Craig Romano, Best Wildflower Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
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