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Hole-in-the-Wall from Rialto Beach

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Olympic National Park

Hole-in-the-Wall from Rialto Beach is a 3.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Length 3.3 mi Elevation gain 108 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Beach

Forest

River

Views

Wildlife

No dogs

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Getting There

From Rialto Beach: 1.5 mile hike to arch and tidepools at Hole-in-the-Wall. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm One of the best beaches in Washington per Frommers is Rialto Beach. Just north of LaPush, Rialto Beach is at southern end of a 29-mile long stretch of wilderness beach. Mora Rd. runs to parking lot just above Rialto Beach and is a good starting point for hikes. From huge sun bleached logs to tidepools teaming with starfish, to haystack rocks, to huge rounded pebbles along the route to the Hole-in-the-Wall, this stroll is awesome! Most people walk 1 mile up beach to Hole in Wall during low tide, (1.5 miles north of parking lot) which is huge monolith that waves have bored tunnel thru. Don't miss 2nd and 3rd beaches south of La Push too - great photo ops.

Parking is easy at Rialto Beach.

Olympic National Park Visitor Center (360) 565-3130 Recorded Road and Weather Information (360) 565-3131 Address: Olympic National Park 600 East Park Avenue Port Angeles, WA 98362

http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/directions.htm

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Jamison Kline
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Hiking

Beautiful trail, especially at sunset. I would highly recommend it!

Justin Luthey
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Hiking

Went at lowest tide. Came Back in fast. Saw 5 bald eagles.

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Tim Lewis
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HikingGreat!

Great walk on the beach surrounded by gorgeous rock formations. Beautiful to do even on a cloudy day. Makes you feel like you are on the set of the goonies. We saw lots of sea anemone and one starfish. The climb into the hole in the wall is very uneven and like everyone says, you need good shoes to walk on.

James Osborn
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Tough terrain as the sand and rocks move under your feet, but exploring the Rock stacks and creatures at low tide is so much fun! This is a Pnw beach, so dress accordingly.

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HikingRocky

Wear boots, not sandals or water shoes. The beach is mostly pebbles & rocks, a little difficult to walk through. Go at low tide to see anemones, shellfish, etc. and to make it through the hole in the wall safely. It was beautiful!

Andrea Lottarini
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Clisby White
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Catching up on old hikes - was here back in 2018. Simple walk down the beach with great views along the way. Rock formations are amazing and not like anything you see on the east coast where I'm from. Love this area and all the coastline of the PNW.

Casey R
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This trail is now open! We completed on June 26th. The rock formations are absolutely beautiful. We weren’t able to go through hole in the wall because of the tide but it was still amazing. Only mistake was wearing hiking sandals instead of boots because I was thinking beach, but it’s so rocky instead of sandy that I just had to keep emptying the rocks out of my sandals and ended up with some sore feet. Worth it though!

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Monica Herrera
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Closed.

Jessica G
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access road closed. There is also a sign threatening to tow anyone that oarks nearby.

Curvie Hawkins
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Nice beach trail. Parts are a slog to walk through due to soft sand but well worth it for the view.

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Nina Lombardo
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This was a bucket-list place in my books, and I was determined to get there. Will say that 1.5 miles one way on a beach can feel like a lot. I would plan time out very well with this beach trip so that you can get all the benefits. There’s tons of cool rocks, photo worthy driftwood, tide pools, sea stacks. We couldn’t have done it without the guidance of tide charts. You can easily be stranded if you don’t pay attention. I would plan on 1.5 miles there taking a bit longer because of the rocks and sand (and photo taking). Make sure to account that time, for example, arrive a half hour prior to low tide instead of right at low tide. We saw more starfish in the tide pools just before hole in the wall rock. The ones by hole in the wall were bigger but didn’t have much in them. There was also a pretty big crossing you had to get on driftwood to walk across. Was surprised to see there wasn’t a more permanent structure built but the logs just add to the experience! Would agree with others, unless you are carrying your kids and in great shape, this may not be a hike to do with little ones.

S R.
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Check the tides before you go and be prepared to traverse over logs and a steep descent/ascent once you get about 1.5 miles in. Would not recommend to those with young children or those not in good shape due to the challenging climb up/down

Rob Pa-den
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great beach hike, just mind the tides so you don't get stranded.

Craig Charles
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I was only able to do 8 miles due to weather. The wind and ran became too intense. I’ve gotta say, this is a tough hike! The first approximately 1.5 miles up to Hole in the Wall is easy, but past that it’s all slippery boulders. To top it off, a huge boulder fell from the hill above and narrowly missed me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the hike. The scenery is off the charts!! Just know that’s this no walk on the beach. It’s kinda brutal.

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Ofek Wittenberg
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HikingOff trailRocky

Things get tricky if there's high tide.

Nate Wilson
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it was a rough day for this hike, cold and rainy. On a nice day it would be a nice stroll down the beach and I'd definitely recommend it.

Nick Mock
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This was an underrated hike for sure! It’s rugged beauty puts it at the top of my list so far of the hikes I’ve done in Olympic. It’s a pretty easy hike with a few scrambles over driftwood, but the reward when you see the hole in the wall is great. I loved having the ocean on one side and the forest on the other - very unique.

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Rosa Carreno
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HikingRockyScramble

we started at low tide and ended at night tide. it was definitely easier during low tide, at high tide you are climbing over a lot of logs. we had a great time and will be coming back!

James Anderson
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From the lot where toilets are, the beach trail begins. Be prepared for climbing over the drift trees. There were brown pelicans catching right off the beach. Nice picnic area for lunch after hike.

Ray Rivers
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This is a great walk along the beach, definitely not a hike. This would be a great walk for older kids who don’t mind taking awhile to reach the destination and you have to time it with low tide in order to get to Hole in the wall.

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Lee Easley
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This trail is unique in the fact that you choose your own path on the beach and the footing is not always easy. I loved the huge trees that have washed up on the beach and you have to navigate around them at times. It is a little deceiving on the time it takes to get there. I’m glad I did it, but not necessarily one I would do again. Carry a poncho or a windbreaker depending on the weather.

Molly Sawyer
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HikingRocky

Great beach hike. Very hard to walk on.

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Margaret O'Neill
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This walk doesnt look as long as it is from the parking lot. The hole in the wall seems close but it is in fact a 6km walk there and back. Absolutely stunning place to be!!! Eagles and pelicans danced for us while we checked out the hole and the tide pools. Can't wait to go back!

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