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Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast
47.9211, -124.6382 Map & Directions
Length
3.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
286 feet
Highest Point
71 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Easy/Moderate
Rialto Beach's vivid colors are enchanting. Photo by Ilona Berzups. Full-size image
  • Wildlife
  • Good for kids
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Established campsites
  • Coast

Spend a day strolling the rugged Olympic Coast to dramatic sea stacks and natural wonders. Continue reading

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Hiking Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

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 under-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.

Hike Description Written by
Eli Boschetto, WTA Community

Rialto Beach and Hole-in-the-Wall

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.9211, -124.6382 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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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Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula > Pacific Coast

Olympic National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula (Romano - Mountaineers Books)

Custom Correct North Olympic Coast

Buy the Green Trails Ozette No. 130S map

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