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Rialto Beach Trail [CLOSED]

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Olympic National Park

Rialto Beach Trail [CLOSED] is a 13.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Forks, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 13.4 miles Elevation Gain: 2,611 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

scramble

closed

Note: This trail is currently closed due to COVID-19. For up to date information, please see the park page here: https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm This hike is probably one of the most beautiful hikes in the area The 1st half is an easy hike along the beach, after you pass the whole in the wall it becomes more of a rocky hike where you may need to use your hands to get pass the rocks. The rocks can be slippery unless you walk close to the wall to your right. You can camp at the first stop if you are running low on daylight, but there is a better camp spot around the second piece of land going into the sea. There's not too much drift wood since the many campers going there use it all, but you may be able to collect enough for a small fire. Please note: dogs are allowed on leash for just the first 1/2 mile. They are not allowed on the route beyond that point.

hiking
29 days ago

Still closed

1 month ago

road is closed to the trail.

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

Very easy hike until hole in the wall like other reviewers stated. After that, it is not an easy hike. If you’re clumsy or don’t have the best balance makes sure to have hiking poles. They will save your life. Be very aware of the tides and don’t challenge them. Some boulders require creative thinking on how to get around them especially if you’re backpacking with a heavy bag. Rocks will be very slippery with plant life and moisture. When the tide is low stick closest to the shore. the sand will be more compacted and easier to walk on. When the tide is high you will need to walk on dry sand and pebbles that cause you to sink about 5 inches every time you take a step. This can be exhausting. Past hole in the wall there are plenty of camping spots. I hiked to cedar creek, 10 miles one way. Only a handful of backpackers spent the night there. Most people that make it that far continue north to Norwegian memorial. 10 miles of PNW coast hiking in one day is A LOT. You can’t move fast because of all of the obstacles. You will be exhausted and your ankles will feel like jelly. If you’re not used to this consider stopping at campgrounds before cedar creek. They’re all pretty obvious and most likely will see other backpackers. Make sure to keep your stuff dry, this can be challenge because once it’s wet it’s most likely not going to dry unless you have have a nice fire going. Cedar creek has great spots, near the creek you’ll find large open exposed camp ground but about .10 miles north before the headland you will find really beautiful tucked away campsites with grass and primitive fire pits. One even has a make shift table. Don’t expect sandy beaches and warm waters. Pretty obvious but some reviewers seemed to be surprised by this. It is the PNW. It will be cold, misty, windy, rainy. If you’re lucky you’ll have a great sunny hike. Pick up a tide chart and a map with all of the headland trails marked. You will constantly reference this. When in doubt look at the ocean. If it looks like it’s coming in fast then don’t attempt to round the headland trails. Some are impassable during certain times. Overall it’s an amazing hike that is nothing’s like any other hike you will do. Almost zero elevation gain but trekking over obstacles can be just as exhausting. People say there’s zero wild life but that’s not true. Tide pools are amazing, dozens of bald eagles constantly flying above you and you can even hear seals barking in the distance. 10/10!

hiking
rocky
scramble
8 months ago

I keep hearing how beautiful this beach is but to a Floridian it stinks. A rocky beach that is difficult to walk on, cold, rainy, dreary and full of people. Could not walk too far as tide was coming in. The sea stacks are cool as is the driftwood and downed trees. No sea life seen except a few gulls.

hiking
9 months ago

Did halfway only, on high tide impossible to pass cliff there

hiking
rocky
9 months ago

This beach is so beautiful. We only went about 2.5 miles up and then back for a total of 5 miles. I wish we could have gone farther. We walked up to a point that juts out a little past the hole in the wall. We went early and ended up hitting the hole at high tide, but I'm glad we did. We had to climb up over the top of the rock and got to see everything from a different view. I wasn't prepared for having to climb over a bunch of trees and logs jammed into a river and it freaked me out a little bit at first, but it was ok. Definitely worth it to see how beautiful it is along the coast.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful beach with some rock formations in the water. Hiked down to where the river comes into the ocean and it was very neat to see. Not as busy as Ruby Beach.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Saw a pod of orcas hunting in a cove, witnessed a wall of mist roll in from the ocean into the shore & trees, & scrambled over lots of rocks. Good trail for anyone, beautiful sights. Can't wait to return.

hiking
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Beautiful cool day to finish our 4 day hike from Ozzette Lake to Rialto beach

hiking
blowdown
no shade
off trail
rocky
scramble
10 months ago

Missed one tide ran out of water very hot when we went.

hiking
11 months ago

if you stick around for the sunset you'll be in for a treat, lots of jagged rocks and Driftwood so bring good shoes with gripping soles. also, keep an eye out for the tide schedules!

hiking
Sat Jun 15 2019

beautiful beach, not very crowded!! Jog stroller friendly

hiking
Mon Jun 03 2019

beautiful walk

Mon May 20 2019

beautiful scenery

Sat May 18 2019

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

hiking
Sun May 05 2019

windy but we loved it

hiking
Tue Jan 01 2019

This was wonderful, but it’s definitely mislabeled as easy. If you’re just going up to Hole in the Wall, it is easy, but if you’re going much farther north, it’s probably best characterized as hard by AT standards. Gets harder as you go. Not much cardio or elevation, but there are significant stretches of large rocks, some of which can be wet, slippery, jagged etc. Lots of potential to slip and fall or mess up your ankle. Wear a stiff boot or hiking shoe with good ankle support and grip. If you’re doing the whole trail/beach, leave early and clear out a good chunk of your day. The rocks *really* slow you down and you need to focus on every step at parts. And obviously watch the tide... I think I read that it can seal you off if it comes in behind you? I left as it was fairly high and falling. I did most of the trail, but turned back a couple miles before the end. Just got hungry. Loved it though. Highly recommend. Would be a great overnight camping trip. Oh, be prepared to roll up your pants and go through the small creek barefoot, or just head on through, but there’s no way past it without getting wet that I could see. I was in over my knees. It was a lot lower on the way back.

hiking
Wed Nov 14 2018

Beautiful but surprisingly more difficult than expected due to being on sand and pebbles. Crowded but understandably so due to the views and starting right on the beach.

hiking
Sun Sep 23 2018

Interesting beach due to the trees there - both those fallen on the beach and those standing. We didn’t go as far as the hole in the rock, but enjoyed our walk (can’t really call what we did a hike). Just a really intriguing beach. Also, a good local tip we got was for a restaurant nearby in La Push called The River’s Edge. It is right on the sea and had the BEST calm chowder of my life.

hiking
Thu Sep 13 2018

We went 2 days in a row and were unable to cross the river to hike to the hole in the wall. The water was slower the second day and we may have crossed through if we had brought sandals, but it's a wide crossing and we decided to skip it rather than go barefoot.

Mon Sep 03 2018

nature trips
Sat Aug 11 2018

July 8th, 2018: Absolutely worth the trip to go when the tide is low. Loved exploring the tide pools, looking for starfish (which were everywhere), and having lunch on the beach. We went around + 1 ft so the lower the better.

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