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Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast
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Length

4.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

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There’s nothing like a lazy beach stroll — and nothing quite like wandering on the spectacularly scenic Olympic Coast.

This hike begins at the Rialto Beach parking area. Your trail is the beach itself and the two mile walk to Hole-in-the-Wall is filled with attractions. Look south to the forested James and Little James islands, while waves crash over Gunsight Rock and numerous offshore sea stacks. Heading north on the beach, walk over sand, rock and driftwood.

Along the way, watch for all manner of wildlife: spy whales, sea lions and otters offshore, while a variety of seabirds drift overhead, and eagles perch in the forest upslope. After a mile, cross Ellen Creek; there may be a log crossing, or you may have to get your feet wet. Continue northward, with Hole-in-the-Wall soon coming into view.

If the tide is out, scramble through the rocky arch and explore the adjacent tide pools, teeming with small oceanic critters. If the tide is in, use the overland trail above the arch and take in panoramic views southward over this picturesque scene.

 

Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9211, -124.6382 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park

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Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

Buy the Green Trails Ozette No. 130S map

Getting There

From Port Angeles, drive US-101 west for 55 miles. Turn onto SR-110 west for 7.7 miles. Fork right on Mora Road for 5 miles to the trailhead at road’s end. Water is available at the trailhead, and restrooms are also available.

 

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