Rialto Beach
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  • scrappysquirrel
    Mechanicsville, Virginia500 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun for early low tide
    This was probably my favorite thing to do at Olympic National Park. Low tide was -2+ at 6:31 a.m. on Sunday, July 2nd. We left our lodging in Port Angeles at 4:30 a.m. It was an easy ride with very few other cars on the road at that time. There were several cars in the lot at Rialto Beach when we arrived at 6 a.m.; however, there were still plenty of spots. There were several other families making their way to the Hole in the Wall area. Everyone was spread out and this felt like the least crowded thing that we did while at ONP. I imagine that it would have been much more crowded if low tide had been later in the day. We arrived at Hole in the Wall at 6:30 a.m. We had so much fun searching the tide pools and taking pictures. We wore hiking boots, which were appreciated. Don't try to climb on the rocks in flipflops or sandals. I definitely recommend a visit to Rialto Beach for low tide...and don't be afraid of an early low tide.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 7, 2023
  • Steph
    Seattle, Washington5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Walk to Whole-in-the-Wall if you can! (check tide chart to make it doable).
    It was sunny and beautiful this July. Bring a light jacket even if it is nice as it can be windy, chilly even then. Water-proof shoes might be nice. We walked along the beach to Whole in the Wall (plan it with the tides as you can get stranded I think. We happened to get there at the right time, walking as tide went out, then leaving whole in the wall area about 15 minutes after low tide (tide times are listed on the map at the parking lot, but you'll want to look this up (we got lucky) so you know what time to arrive. Round trip took a few hours of leisurely walking and taking photos/ snacking.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 22, 2023
  • lindamF5446JQ
    Sequim, Washington252 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn't Stop Taking Photos!!!
    I had seen pictures of this beach and wanted to see it for myself. The majestic rock formations jetting up from the sea were breathtaking! I found myself just moving a little one way and taking a photo, then walking a short distance to take yet another photo.
    Visited August 2022
    Written July 22, 2023
  • BB2
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Added this beach to my favorites!
    I would love to go back again to see the sunset here. This is a fun and beautiful beach for all ages to enjoy! Amazing views! Lots of pretty rocks and drift wood. Parking area is close to the beach. The bathrooms there are just so/so.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 30, 2023
  • MdTravelerX2
    Silver Spring, Maryland558 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful even on a rainy day
    The day we visited it was pouring rain. We simple put on our rain gear and kept going. The rocks, pebbles and driftwood are beautiful and polished smooth of time. We hiked to where we could see the Hole in the Wall but the low tide was too high for use to risk crossing to reach it.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 25, 2023
  • DCockayne
    Salt Lake City, Utah135 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rialto Beach - big waves and huge driftwood!
    Rialto Beach is one of those places where you can see the power of the Sea up close. Some of the driftwood that has been washed up on the shore here is gigantic trees. We visited after Labor Day and the surf was pounding! There were a lot of people here when we visited, but I wouldn't say it was overly crowded as everyone was walking up and down the beach.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 28, 2023
  • TerrasTravels
    Las Vegas, Nevada461 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Rialto Beach
    I went here because the Chamber of Commerce recommended to go to this beach instead of Lapush. I went early in the morning so that I could see the hole in the wall before the current got too close. This literally took my breath away! It is so beautiful! It was a bit foggy, but it was still so gorgeous with the ocean and the beach and then right next to the gorgeous forest! It was just absolutely amazing! If you are in this area, this is a must see! But even if you are not in the area, it is definitely worth the trip. To see the hole in the wall you have to get there at the right time, walk down the beach about an hour, you see it, and then you have to make sure you walk back in time before the tide comes in! Visit the Chamber of Commerce for the correct times. So beautiful!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written October 29, 2023
  • Grover R
    Pensacola, Florida18,120 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best Shoreline Experience in Olympic NP
    Olympic NP has several great beaches and trails. However, for our group, the premier one to visit is Rialto Beach and the hike to the Hole in the Wall. For me, Rialto is the stereotypical beach of the NW Pacific in the US. It is a rock and pebble beach with forest and driftwood and large rock formations protruding from the ocean that fluctuates with the tides. It is both cold but inviting with a sense of exploration as each step exposes something more unique. There is also a lot of wildlife here, birds of all types and the most amazing experience with a seal swimming just offshore in the surf. Unfortunately for us the surf was rising around the hole, so we did not make it through this unique sea coastal feature. Still, we were able to get great pictures of it as well as the two haystacks. I wish we would have had more time and better tidal conditions to explore the rocky seafloor. However, what we were able to see was amazing and made this highlight of our coastal visit to Olympic NP. If you are planning to visited, the shoreline of Olympic, make this the place you visit, incredible experience.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 27, 2023
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We were driving from Astoria Oregon to Port Angeles on Thursday, 7/29 and wanted to stop at Rialto Beach along the way. Because we also visited Ruby Beach before that, by the time we reached the parking lot for Rialto Beach, it was around 11:00 am and boy was it PACKED. They have an overflow lot that we went into. It was sketchy with large rocks and there were no spots. So we went back to the main lot. We waited behind a couple of cars that essentially were waiting for a car to pull out. It took us around 30 minutes before someone left and we were able to get a spot.

I think everyone was timing a visit to the Hole in the Wall with low tide. So by the time we were parked and started the 3.8 mile (roundtrip) walk along the beach, it was close to noon. We got to the Hole in 45 minutes. We walked around the area and ate the sandwich we packed on the beach.

In total, we spent around 2 hours there. It is definitely worth visiting just beware that you may have to wait for a parking spot. Just plan accordingly.
Written August 20, 2021
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GinaHx
Orlando, FL939 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
Sunsets are a must. We walked the 1.5 mile to the hole in the rock and it was completely worth it. Tons of amazing pictures were taken from so many angles. After sunset at 9:20, it was just as pretty walking back and at 10 it was still bright enough to see. Best part was all the otters grabbing dinner at the waters edge!
Written June 28, 2021
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Aslan's Traveler
Burnsville, MN650 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
You might think that if the weather is not nice, a trip to the beach would be a bad choice, but the opposite was true for us. We went in the evening, hoping to watch a sunset, but the fog had already rolled in and there was no sun to be seen. But the fog combined with the enormous driftwood logs and pebble beach to create a surreal landscape that was AMAZING. Giant sea rocks loomed offshore, and the fog created a quiet an intimacy to the scene that you would not otherwise find on the beach. I'm sure this is a cool place on a nice day, but don't write it off because of the weather.
Written July 22, 2021
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Bill K
Mantorville, MN6,380 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
The sunsets here are a highlight you won't want to miss. Even if fog rolls in, this beach is exception. The driftwood alone is gorgeous and the makeshift shelters have made from the driftwood are fun to explore. The tide pools teem with sealife if you are fortunate to visit at low tides. The sea stacks are gorgeous and you really should hike out to see the hole in the wall.
Written July 27, 2021
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jkweebs
Omaha, NE645 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
We chose to go early in the day to coincide with the tides and giving us the ability to visit the hole in the wall and stay for a while to explore. The walk up the beach in the morning is peaceful. With the exception of some overnight campers, we pretty much had the beach to ourselves. We stopped at multiple places on the way up the beach to take pictures and do some tide pooling. After reaching the hole in the wall we walked to the other side and did a lot of tide pooling and saw many starfish and anemones and crabs. After spending some time at the hole we began to work our way back down the beach. The tide started coming back in which made for a different experience walking back down the beach. We spent most of the day here just exploring and enjoying the area. Just an FYI around 9 - 10 while we were there people really started showing up so it got more croweded.
Written July 14, 2021
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scrappysquirrel
Mechanicsville, VA500 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
This was probably my favorite thing to do at Olympic National Park. Low tide was -2+ at 6:31 a.m. on Sunday, July 2nd. We left our lodging in Port Angeles at 4:30 a.m. It was an easy ride with very few other cars on the road at that time. There were several cars in the lot at Rialto Beach when we arrived at 6 a.m.; however, there were still plenty of spots. There were several other families making their way to the Hole in the Wall area. Everyone was spread out and this felt like the least crowded thing that we did while at ONP. I imagine that it would have been much more crowded if low tide had been later in the day. We arrived at Hole in the Wall at 6:30 a.m. We had so much fun searching the tide pools and taking pictures. We wore hiking boots, which were appreciated. Don't try to climb on the rocks in flipflops or sandals. I definitely recommend a visit to Rialto Beach for low tide...and don't be afraid of an early low tide.
Written July 7, 2023
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TerrasTravels
Las Vegas, NV461 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I went here because the Chamber of Commerce recommended to go to this beach instead of Lapush. I went early in the morning so that I could see the hole in the wall before the current got too close. This literally took my breath away! It is so beautiful! It was a bit foggy, but it was still so gorgeous with the ocean and the beach and then right next to the gorgeous forest! It was just absolutely amazing! If you are in this area, this is a must see! But even if you are not in the area, it is definitely worth the trip. To see the hole in the wall you have to get there at the right time, walk down the beach about an hour, you see it, and then you have to make sure you walk back in time before the tide comes in! Visit the Chamber of Commerce for the correct times. So beautiful!
Written October 29, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

MdTravelerX2
Silver Spring, MD558 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The day we visited it was pouring rain. We simple put on our rain gear and kept going. The rocks, pebbles and driftwood are beautiful and polished smooth of time. We hiked to where we could see the Hole in the Wall but the low tide was too high for use to risk crossing to reach it.
Written September 25, 2023
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL18,120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Olympic NP has several great beaches and trails. However, for our group, the premier one to visit is Rialto Beach and the hike to the Hole in the Wall. For me, Rialto is the stereotypical beach of the NW Pacific in the US. It is a rock and pebble beach with forest and driftwood and large rock formations protruding from the ocean that fluctuates with the tides. It is both cold but inviting with a sense of exploration as each step exposes something more unique. There is also a lot of wildlife here, birds of all types and the most amazing experience with a seal swimming just offshore in the surf.

Unfortunately for us the surf was rising around the hole, so we did not make it through this unique sea coastal feature. Still, we were able to get great pictures of it as well as the two haystacks. I wish we would have had more time and better tidal conditions to explore the rocky seafloor. However, what we were able to see was amazing and made this highlight of our coastal visit to Olympic NP. If you are planning to visited, the shoreline of Olympic, make this the place you visit, incredible experience.
Written December 27, 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Christina B
Louisiana2,712 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
You are first greeted with mounds of HUGE trees. Finding a way over or through is your first challenge. The beach itself was nice, but again we had a misty/foggy day. Sun was trying to come out but never did. Tide was in too much to walk out to any of the large rock areas.
Written August 8, 2021
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