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Rialto Beach

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.


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Closest to Olympic National Park

Closest to Olympic National Park

La Push, WA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated on the waterfront, this historic vacation home is 2.5 mi (4 km) from Rialto Beach and within 9 mi (15 km) of Second Beach and Second Beach Trail. First Beach is 8.1 mi (13 km) away.

    Cozy yet Spacious Tiny Home on Tires $85
    Cozy yet Spacious Tiny Home on Tires

    Cozy yet Spacious Tiny Home on Tires

    La Push, WA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in La Push, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community Hospital are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      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

      Blue Spruce Meadow: Comfortable, Private, Cozy and Just 7 Miles From 2 Beaches

      Forks, WA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Forks, this romantic campground is within 6 mi (10 km) of Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community Hospital are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Spacious Home on the Bogachiel River, Easy Access to Olympics $675
        Spacious Home on the Bogachiel River, Easy Access to Olympics

        Spacious Home on the Bogachiel River, Easy Access to Olympics

        Forks, WA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated on the waterfront, this romantic vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Second Beach, Second Beach Trail, and First Beach. Rialto Beach and Forks Community Hospital are also within 12 mi (20 km).

          Beautiful Peaceful Farmhouse, all the Comforts of Home
          Beautiful Peaceful Farmhouse, all the Comforts of Home

          Beautiful Peaceful Farmhouse, all the Comforts of Home

          Forks, WA
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located on the waterfront, this family-friendly farm stay is within 6 mi (10 km) of Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and First Beach. Second Beach Trail and Forks Timber Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Secluded Forest Gathering Lodge
            Secluded Forest Gathering Lodge

            Secluded Forest Gathering Lodge

            Forks, WA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Forks, this vacation home is within 9 mi (15 km) of Rialto Beach, Second Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community Hospital are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Delightful Home on 10 Acres - 10 Mins to La Push!
              Delightful Home on 10 Acres - 10 Mins to La Push!

              Delightful Home on 10 Acres - 10 Mins to La Push!

              Forks, WA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Second Beach, Rialto Beach, and Second Beach Trail. First Beach and Forks Community Hospital are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                The Forks Motel $86
                The Forks Motel

                The Forks Motel

                351 S. Forks Ave, Forks, WA
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Forks, this motel is 1 mi (1.5 km) from Forks Timber Museum and within 32 mi (52 km) of Rialto Beach and Lake Crescent. Kalaloch Public Beach is 30.9 mi (49.8 km) away.