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backpacking
1 day ago

My friend and I roughed it all the way up to Elk Lake in the early Spring, but decided to turn back once we got up past our knees in snow. Parts of the trail were underwater, but we were prepared for that. Its just the snow we were not prepared for. Beautiful trail though with lots of life.... and rain.

Stunning views. Beautiful place. The parking lot at the trailhead is convenient, has restrooms, easy to find. The road leading to it is paved all the way. There is a small restaurant on the way. The sand on the beach is black and there are a lot of pebbles. Amazing walk. Seagulls and even an eagle.

Amazing beach with beautiful views. Dark sand and pebbles. Lots of great picture opportunities. In low tide there are lots of blue sailors washed out onto the beach. Great beach walk. The wind was quite strong. The sound of the waves was very soothing. Trailhead is easy to find and parking is convenient.

hiking
2 days ago

A wonderful forest hike along the bank of the Hoh River. Parts of the trail are muddy. There is a beautiful little waterfall along the way. There are several camp sites; you register at the Hoh Rainforest Visitor Center but you do not reserve camp spots, except for the farthest ones. Hoh Rainforest gets 14 feet of rain a year; the most in November and the least in July and August.

hiking
3 days ago

I was fortunate enough to spend 3 months last summer in the Olympic Peninsula experiencing the beauty of Washington. Every place I went was a new experience, seeing something different than before. So many choices, numerous beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, glacier fed rivers and lakes and so many majestic mountain ranges. Not to mention the wildlife, sea life, wildflowers, massive trees and sea stacks. Incredible beauty in every direction. I fell hard for the Olympic Peninsula and missed it so much when I returned home to Wisconsin, I’ve decided to move to Forks Washington this July. I am so excited!!
I really can’t choose a favorite place, because I loved every place I traveled, but one of my favs was Rialto Beach and Hole In The Wall.
There are two parking lots right off the beach, one paved and the other gravel. Either one are a short walk to get to the beach. Once you get to the beach you will see massive trees that have washed up on shore from storms. All this driftwood just adds to the mystique of the beach. Most of the beach is rocky, but does get sandier by the water. Sometimes walking is easier closer to the water.
You can find all kinds of beautiful rocks and sea glass on the beach. About 2 miles down the beach is Hole In The Wall, it’s a pretty easy walk, I’m 67 and had no problems. If you need to sit a minute, there’s always plenty of large driftwood to sit on. You do have to check tide times. There is so much to explore on your way to Hole In The Wall, you won’t realize you walked 2 miles. Hole In The Wall is an awesome place, an abundance of tidal pools to explore, or just find a place to sit and listen to the waves crashing against the sea stacks Chances are you will see bald eagles too! I loved going there for the peace and tranquillity. Oh and did I mention the incredible sunsets!!
So if you are headed to the PNW, enjoy all it has to offer...you won’t want to leave ❤️

hiking
16 days ago

We checked this trail out after doing the Hall of Moss loop. We went about half way to Tom Creek Trail. It was pouring rain! Trail was very muddy so def need some good hiking shoes if you plan on going soon. This trail was nice you get more moss, big trees and a view of the river.

walking
16 days ago

Nice walk along the beach! We crossed the little river and went to the rocks which was cool because no one else was there. Very beautiful view of the ocean and there was a bald eagle so that was a plus.

Super fun to climb/trek over the rocks and beach wood along the beach. The sea stars and anemones in the tide pools were so cool!

hiking
24 days ago

awesome place to hike and see seastacks and water life. A MUST

La Push is beautiful. Beachwood, tide pools, and relaxing sound of the oceans wave. This is a must!

Beautiful day to hike the beach. A lot tougher then it looks when your sinking in soft sand, dodging the waves and sliding on small rocks. Check the tide schedule before you head to Rialto.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome place to visit. The moss is literally covering almost all you see and the dense colors of green are incredible! Highly recommend visiting

nature trips
1 month ago

Like the others, watch for the tide schedule! It’s truly a beautiful scene and definitely worthwhile. I went with my grandfather who had no trouble walking down to the water! It’s a fairly easy trail and a popular one as well - we went on the weekend) and it was somewhat difficult to find parking. Definitely would return whenever i have the time to!

Beautiful, could sit at the beach all day. The views are amazing. Closer to the beach (at the last .05) are a bunch of stairs going down, when you get to the beach you have to cross/climb over drift wood to get on the beach. Not suitable for everyone.

backpacking
1 month ago

Man, it was cold!! Stayed at Five Mile Island for a couple nights. Really loved this campsite- open space, outhouse available, didn't see bear ropes for food tho but could have missed it, right next to the river, lots of flat camping options. Ran into a herd of about 30 Elk. Attempted to continue on the trail but the snow became more dense - highly encourage micro spikes for this. Decided suffering through the cold (even though my sleeping bag is 20 degrees and I was wearing 4 layers) wasn't very fun. Will definitely attempt to reach the glacier at another time.

Stunning views of the sea stacks and ocean.

Loved this beach hike. Truthfully I enjoyed the shark fin shaped rocks more than the hole in the wall. Beautiful and worth slip sliding in the beach rocks. If you go at high tide you will need to find a way around the water that runs into the ocean. There are a lot of fallin trees that you can use to get across.

backpacking
2 months ago

Hiked this trail two weeks ago. Carried 50lb packs and camped about 5 miles out. Now maybe things are much different in the summer when the weather is a little more forgiving, but I definitely wouldn’t rate this trail as easy! Once you get out past “Hole in the Wall” the hiking terrain is constantly changing between different wet rock scrambles...some very slippery. It’s a lot of fun! But not something you can speed through, or ever want to do in the dark (my partner really didn’t understand why I wanted to get started so early, so our timeline was poor)

Tides are no joke. Get a tide chart along with a map from the ranger station. We did this in the winter, when the tides are their worst. There are points that are impassible during high tide if the sea level is high enough. Us being ignorant, we’re sure that we could take detour routes at these impassable spots. No. The rangers aren’t lying when they say impassible. We hiked straight up a mountain side probably steeper then a 45 degree angle for 20 minutes, slipping and sliding through thick temperate rainforest growth and still couldn’t find any passage way to come out around our road block. Waited 2 hours for the tide to lower just enough to make it by, and on the other side of our attempted detour was a straight cliff. So it’s a good thing we gave up on our detour climb.

Set up camp in a small cove on a soft sand beach about a mile past Chile shipwreck memorial. Ocean was hundreds of yards away. 2:30 in the morning I’m waking my buddy up because the tide is about to reach his tent. At high tide of 9.5’ that night, the entire cove that we camped in turned into the ocean. We had plenty of time to get to safe ground, but the situation easily could have turned bad if something like bad weather was in play too.

Don’t be the dummies like us, and prepare accordingly! We expected this to literally be a walk on the beach, and Mother Nature swiftly reminded us the price of ignorance.
Otherwise beautiful hike. The overcast wild beach scenery is something like off of a movie. Drift wood tree trunks everywhere that are larger then any trees I’ve seen before, and they just get tossed inland by the ocean like toothpicks.

backpacking
2 months ago

Loved this little hike! Unfortunately, we couldn’t camp because there was a lot of washed up debris, but we enjoyed our campsite at La Push!

It’s a great hike down to the beach but is almost entirely downhill. Once reaching the bottom, there are large amounts of driftwood to navigate before reaching sand. It’s truly a sight once you’re on the beach. The only let down was some trash from humans. The walk back was entirely uphill and tiring. The trail is one lane only so sometimes you have to stand aside to let traffic pass. Be prepared to be a little wore out after traversing sand and the uphill climb combo

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome hiking spot.

wow! fun to watch waves crashing the beach here.

Camped on beach New Years eve- full moon and sunrise -beautiful! amazing place! Take the short hike down to see this stretch of awesome beach!

hiking
3 months ago

Due to time constraints, we only hiked the first four miles to the Grover of Large Cedar. Loved this hike, and intend to return to hike the full trail!

hiking
4 months ago

Sea Otters and a lot of star fish.

Best place on the planet

Easy hike down to the beach! Watch the tides, they roll in pretty fast. Tons of places to explore, but a lot of driftwood to maneuver through.

sweet views

backpacking
5 months ago

We hiked the entire trail to Glacier Meadows, and then up to Blue Glacier (twice). This is by far the most stunning and otherworldly place I've ever been. It was hard at points, but nonetheless rewarding.

fishing
5 months ago

Only did part of the trail, and then followed the river for fishing.

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