Explore the most popular Beach trails in Olympic National Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
4 days ago

Just incredible. Don’t forget to stop at beach 4. A little less crowded than Ruby Beach. My wife’s favorite place in Washington.

Beautiful trail but definitely a bit more challenging due to the giant rocks and boulders, rope climbs and descent, and sand to walk across. Some places impassible at high tides. Bring some gloves for the ropes. Backpacking out there is amazing though. Don’t forget that the trail mileage starts at Shi Shi Beach itself. You still have about 2 miles to add from the trailhead.

This was an amazing hike. Although wish we hadn't done it in one day. 5 of the 11 miles is pretty grueling with rope work up and over some of the points along with massive boulders that had to be crossed. Took us 6.5 hours. Pay attention to the tide schedule or you might get a little wet. Saw eagles, beavers, seals and deer. Campsite at Ozette river was great with big fire pits. We did filter water from the river when the tide was going out. All in all a great day on the coast, but not an easy walk on the beach.

backpacking
blowdown
bugs
over grown
rocky
9 days ago

We did not do the whole triangle just the 3.1 mile hike to Cape Alava for our first backpacking adventure. The day was quite dreary and misting to a light rain. The overall trail condition was pretty decent. I had assumed it would be slick, but the only slick spots were the plastic boardwalk of the trail. There are a few spots on the boardwalks that had missing, loose, and twisted boards. There are some rocky portions of the trail, but nothing too bad as long as you’re paying attention. In some areas of the boardwalk/trail the foliage comes right up to it and it’s thick...hard to see through. Lots of stairs, some short, some tall. Also two bridges to traverse, a wide one with double railings and the other a log with one hand railing across the creek heading into the camps. There is a steep stair climb down to the creek, but there are a couple of ropes for help. On the trail we saw plenty of people, birds, a snake, a couple of cool slugs, deer, and a bear, although we didn’t fully visualize him. Bring plenty of water with you because when we crossed the creek (6/15/19) the creek was very low. The campsites at Cape Alava are all nice and level with their own campfire pits and very clean!!! We were fortunate enough to be greeted by the resident doe! Another plus for our campsite was an eagle nest up in the tree above us. Finding the drift wood for the campfire was a long walk up the beach by the old ranger station where we also found a dead sea lion. For our evening, we got the pleasure of watching five blue herons hunting, the sea lions grumble, and the eagles hunt, plus a blue jay visited our camp! We even did some beach combing and tidal searching.

hiking
10 days ago

It’s an easy and leisurely walk! Very peaceful along the beach. Just make sure you check the tide charts before you go, otherwise you can’t see the hole-in-the-wall. When I went it was quite early in the morning and the weather was pretty gloomy and foggy. But don’t be discouraged if you don’t see any blue skies! The fog actually lends a nice air of mystery to the area. I think it’s an enjoyable hike regardless of the weather!

hiking
11 days ago

beautiful beach, not very crowded!! Jog stroller friendly

hiking
rocky
14 days ago

Is and will always be the GOAT. You get a little bit of everything, including sometimes nasty weather, but when you catch a sunny day there is no place in the world I’d rather be. Got that perfect weather this weekend 6/7-6/9 and had a fantastic couple days. Wildlife was in full display, dozen different eagles, deer, raccoon, tons of seals. Starfish are also looking more plentiful after quite a few lean years.

walking
no shade
17 days ago

This is my favorite walk in Klaloch! Enjoy a mildly downward sloping (paved) trail through lavish bushes on your way toward the most beautiful view of the ocean. If you are lucky to watch the sunset at Ruby Beach, you will start to believe that magical places still exist.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful trail! Gorgeous views and driftwood abounding.

hiking
23 days ago

beautiful walk

I feel bad giving this trail 3 stars when so many have given it 5... There was nothing wrong with this trail I think it was just that we did so many amazing hikes in ONP that this one just didn’t wow us as much. Don’t get me wrong, Rialto beach was beautiful; very peaceful and the landscape with the drift wood is quite something. We parked at Rialto beach and started walking towards the hole one hour before low tide, it took around thirty minutes one way. I’m not too sure the best type of shoes for this trail. Rialto beach at sunset is worth a visit!

Good trail, planks are uneven so you need to keep your eyes on your feet, looking up can be dangerous. Otherwise we'll maintained. As with all these Pacific Beach trails you will have to scale a mound of tree debris to actually get to the beach.

Amazing!!

hiking
bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Very pretty hiking along the coast line! The soft rocks make it more of moderate level hike but well worth it!

We did this summer (July) of 2017. It was an amazing hike. First night we camped at Shi Shi Beach and saw whales playing just offshore. Be prepared for the outdoor toilets as they are nasty. People are disgusting pigs! There are a lot of people too grossed out to use the park toilets, so they somehow feel doing their business in the trees surrounding the area... There were also a ton of people camping illegally on the beach unless that year they gave out hundreds of permits. Next night we camped at the river, I forget the name, and it was great. The boardwalk in the trees heading to the parking lot was a welcome break to a full day in the sun on the beach with no shade. Great hike, would love to do it again.

1 month ago

One of my favorites along the coast, great at low tide!

beautiful scenery

hiking
scramble
1 month ago

Beautiful little trail. Very easy with a couple fun scrambles. Not too busy even on weekends lots of eagles and seals. Quite wet but as expected for coastal hiking. We only went to Toleak for the weekend but water is delicious (but use a filter) and get a bear can from the visitors centre.

we did the first part w kiddo and dog and turned back because we were not prepaired . ( kids 1 and 2 and forgot backpack for kiddos) .This is beautiful walk . a must do again :) visit labor day 2018

Went to see the Tree of Life last weekend. Amazing day on the beach.

beautiful any season. lots of fun and entertaining stops of every variety, and plenty of places to get some exercise and take in some sublime views. Pet and child friendly in most cases. you'll have a blast no matter what you do. photography, birding and wildlife watching

hiking
1 month ago

windy but we loved it

hiking
1 month ago

Solid walk along the trail through the forest to the beach. The trail is well maintained, with considerable sections of boardwalk. A few varied pieces of elevation, but nothing to worry about and would be fine more most walkers. The real treat is getting to the edge of the forest, looking through the trees to the water and making the way to the beach. Rockformations, beautiful sand, deer and eagles. Solid walk.

Great hike this morning. Ate a quick lunch after exploring the hole and arch some. It was a bit windy on the way toward the arch. Saw a couple bald eagles too.

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