Rialto Beach

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Wild and unspoiled, this rugged and remote stretch of coast is filled with unique geological formations and feels like the edge of the world.

Unwind and reconnect with nature at Rialto Beach on Washington's craggy coastline. This area of undisturbed coast is perfect for scenic walks, wildlife-watching and superior photo opportunities.

Leave your car at the Rialto Beach parking lot and hike along the pebbly coast. The 4-mile (6.4-kilometer) round trip is short but extremely rewarding, with striking vistas of the roaring surf and dramatic sea stacks.

From the parking lot, make your way down to the stony shore and head north. Inhale fresh sea air and enjoy views of the weather-beaten oceanfront. The pebble beach is strewn with battered and bleached driftwood and entire tree trunks worn smooth by the powerful surf.

Gaze out at the crashing waves and the striking sea stacks that jut out of the water. These vertical rock pillars are offshore remnants of eroded headlands and so they often have trees growing on their peaks.

Bird-watchers can capture photographs of many interesting specimens. Scan the algae-covered rocks for sea birds and look for brown pelicans and bald eagles flying overhead.

Farther north along the beach, you’ll meet a small stream called Ellen Creek. Wade through barefoot or use a log as a steppingstone to cross. From here, you'll soon encounter Rialto Beach’s most well-known attraction: the Hole-in-the-Wall. This is a dramatic sea arch, which was carved from the rock by crashing waves. During low tide, explore the surrounding tide pools; these rocky nooks are home to many sea creatures such as starfish and colorful anemones.

If the tide is in and the Hole-in-the-Wall can’t be passed on foot, climb up the short overland trail and take in panoramic views from the top of the steep cliff. This is a favorite destination for photographers looking to capture the stark, desolate beauty of the landscape.

Rialto Beach is about an hour's drive west of Port Angeles. Camping is allowed here with a permit from the Wilderness Information centers in Port Angeles or Forks.

Top Hotels Close to Rialto Beach

Cozy yet Spacious Tiny House on Tires
Cozy yet Spacious Tiny House on Tires
La Push, WA
The price is $125 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 1
Situated in a rural location, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community ...
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Great tiny home experience
"Everything was set up for comfort and such a great experience for our one night stay in Forks."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

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Olympic National Park Vacation Home
Olympic National Park Vacation Home
La Push, WA
This family-friendly La Push vacation home is located on the waterfront, 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rialto Beach, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Second Beach and First Beach. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (40 reviews)
Great house near the beaches
"We had a great stay at the property. Located near the beaches and an hour from lake Crescent and Hoh rain forest. 5 minutes to Rialto beach and 15 to first beach. Property was as advertised in a very secluded spot. Owner was very responsive. We would definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Oct 13, 2021

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Peaceful & Private PNW Coastal Getaway *Hot Tub*
Peaceful & Private PNW Coastal Getaway *Hot Tub*
Forks, WA
Situated by the sea, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community Hospital ...
5/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Olympic Peninsula rental near Forks, WA
"Excellent house for a large group in a very convenient location to beaches, the Hoh rainforest, Ozette Lake and Cape Flattery."

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2021

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Forks, WA
The price is $80 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 19
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Forks, WA
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Blue Spruce Meadow: Comfortable, Private, Cozy and just 7 miles from 2 beaches
Blue Spruce Meadow: Comfortable, Private, Cozy and just 7 miles from 2 beaches
Forks, WA
Blue Spruce Meadow: Comfortable, Private, Cozy and just 7 miles from 2 beaches
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Forks, WA
The price is $170 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Lady of Guadalupe Sum
Lady of Guadalupe Sum
Forks, WA
The price is $134 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Lady of Guadalupe Sum
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