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Rialto Beach - Spectacular sunsets and wild Pacific coast
THE BEACH IS CALLING YOU!
But not just any beach. Come visit awesome Rialto Beach. Not only is Rialto one of the most popular beaches on the Olympic Peninsula, it's also one of the most accessible. Park your car and you are there! So, if the thought of a long hike through rough terrain isn't exactly your idea of a great way to spend a relaxing afteroon, then Rialto is destined to be on the top of your list.
Located only 56 miles west of Port Angeles, Washington, off US Hwy 101, they say this beach sees more tourists than any other beach on the Olympic Peninsula, and yet, you can walk for miles, slip through Hole-in-the-Wall at low tide or fly a kite in the salty breeze - with no one around. And if you're seeking adventure, surfing's an option, too.
Once past the parking lot, the drift wood and sea stacks will remind you of the wintry storms that sometimes bluster through, and if you come at low tide, the tide pools alone are worth the trip. So walk along a cobbled beach, watch waves crash onto offshore stacks, spot a bald eagle or a brown pelican soaring overhead.
CAMPING AND HIKING. No reservations are necessary if you enjoy camping on the beach under the stars, but you will need to obtain a permit by phone or in person at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles. As in other Park areas, groups are limited to no more than 12, hard-sided food containers are required and camp fires are only permitted on the beach. "Leave No Trace" is the beach code of ethics. Be sure to check the tides and bring a map.
LODGING. Mora Campground (2 miles from the trail head) is located off the beach with 94 secluded campsites suitable for backpackers who carry a good portion of their earthly goods along with them. One loop is open all year with full services. Two other loops are available if needed. Water and toilets are available.
Ranger naturalists provide short guided hikes, campfire programs and daily interpretative talks beginning July 1. A Park Ranger station and pay phone are available two miles from the beach near the campground. Call the Ranger Station or stop by for a tide chart and information on hiking along the coastal beaches. The Quileute Visitor Informaton and Convention Center on Hwy 101 can also provide local information.
GETTING THERE. From Forks, Washington, northeast of Hwy 101, a 20-minute, 12-mile drive will bring you to Rialto Beach. Turn right on 101 onto Hwy 110, and follow it to Mora Road. Bear right on Mora Road and follow the signs to Mora Campground and Rialto Beach across the river from the tribal village of LaPush.
Wilderness Information Center (WIC) Port Angeles 360-565-3100
Mora Ranger Station 360-374-5460