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Olympic National Park, WA
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Reviewed 7 August 2012

The hike to get to the start of the tide pools and hole in the wall is on the long-ish side with not the greatest of footing (loose sand and rocks all the way). The evening low tide is definitely the time to be there...More

3  Thank Jenfer2125
Reviewed 6 August 2012

We went to Rialto beach for sunset we went to walk to the arch we didn't know how long it would take us we are avid walkers it took us about 45 -50 to get there, so take the time to get out there. we...More

Date of experience: August 2012
1  Thank Dlaulainen
Reviewed 28 July 2012

If you haven't seen tide pools yet, check out hole in the wall a mile down the beach. It has a lot of cool sea creatures. Also, the hole in the wall landmark is a great photo opportunity.

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank Miss_Qween_Bee
Reviewed 24 July 2012

Wonderful beach to see! The tide pools at low tide were the best we found around!! Only thing is beware if you have bad knees or ankles. The beach is very difficult to walk!! It is not sand but rocks and you sink down into...More

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank Laura S
Reviewed 23 July 2012

I am told there are better beaches in Olympic, but we were pressed for time and couldn't hike anywhere. So Rialto was amazing. I've never seen anything like it. The rocks, driftwood, and waves are beautiful in a strange, other-wordly way. Definitely do not regret...More

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank Texas2011a
Reviewed 13 July 2012

We spent four days hiking from Shi Shi to Rialto. Wonderfully transporting scenery and wildlife. The hiking is quite demanding with full packs, soft sand, huge headwalls, slippery rocks, tides to factor in, but all worth the effort. Just dont push the mileage, it is...More

Date of experience: July 2012
9  Thank e j
Reviewed 10 July 2012

This beach was absolutely beautiful. The rocky shoreline combined with the crashing waves and gorgeous surroundings are a must when visiting Washington. Tons of driftwood add to the unspoiled beauty to be found here. On our visit we were able to watch a sealion playing...More

Date of experience: June 2012
Thank TammyS999
Reviewed 8 July 2012 via mobile

What an incredibly stark contrast: upright lush green forest shoved up against the pepple beach and the pounding Pacific surf. The driftwood is astounding and makes for fun structures for kids to burn energy.

1  Thank LauraMOAustin_TX
Reviewed 7 July 2012

The black sand on Rialto Beach along with the impressive beached logs are enough to keep you content with this spot. Just a mile north of the parking area is Hole in the Wall and Ellen Creek camping area. Time your walk to coincide with...More

Date of experience: June 2012
2  Thank nataliah86
Reviewed 6 July 2012

Magnificent driftwood makes fantastic photos. Hike to rock arch at low tide to see beautiful multicolored star fish.

Date of experience: June 2012
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26 July 2018|
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Response from Papacito62 | Reviewed this property |
Sandals will be fine, but once you get to the beach, barefoot is best.. the beach is pretty clean and nice to walk on.
19 June 2018|
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Response from Papacito62 | Reviewed this property |
Actually it’s more of a walk than a hike, about 10th of a mile and 50ft down in elevation. Keep in mind the geography of the beach changes dramatically due to storm surges. The last time I was there you did have to scramble... More
alicia w
29 May 2018|
Response from theSwurleys | Reviewed this property |
hello - high tides and low tides happen twice every 24 hours and are determined by the sun, moon, gravity and tidal force, and, for this reason, vary daily - so...find a tide chart for this year online to get precise... More