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Rialto Beach, Olympic National Park

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Take in the spectacular driftwood formations at Rialto Beach, a pebbly beach contained within Olympic National Park. It can be a bit of a scramble over logs and rocks to reach the beach, depending on the tide, but you'll be rewarded with great views. The picturesque beach offers a stunning view of the Pacific Ocean from Washington's west coast. The driftwood, both onshore and offshore, casts interesting patterns on the ocean's surface. Photographers will enjoy spending time playing with angles and perspectives offered by the intersecting pieces. Plan to visit Rialto Beach during your Olympic National Park vacation using our convenient Olympic National Park travel route planning website.
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Rialto Beach reviews

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  • I was here for my 50th bday. This beach is like #3 on my list of best beaches in the world. I arrived about 10am and a sunny day. The view once you leave the small parking lot is breathtaking! Its... 
    I was here for my 50th bday. This beach is like #3 on my list of best beaches in the world. I arrived about 10am and a sunny day. The view once you leave the small parking lot is breathtaking! Its...  more »
  • Breathtaking views of the Pacific, amazing beach with huge driftwood/trees. I didn’t want to leave!! Give yourself an hour or more here! 
    Breathtaking views of the Pacific, amazing beach with huge driftwood/trees. I didn’t want to leave!! Give yourself an hour or more here!  more »
  • got there at sunrise because that was low tide. you must know when the tides are, or you won't be able to walk around the tide pools to see the starfish, and creatures . the tide pools are at the... 
    got there at sunrise because that was low tide. you must know when the tides are, or you won't be able to walk around the tide pools to see the starfish, and creatures . the tide pools are at the...  more »
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  • The waves here during high tide can be scary, but it's a great place to watch the big ocean waves crash onto the beach. There's a lot of dead logs to walk around and the Hole in the Wall walk you can do. Parking is free and remember to bring toilet paper for the restroom.
  • Gorgeous beach!! You'll get a forest/beach vibe. Very neat to see. Lots of cool rocks & drift wood too.
  • Being from Texas I think of beaches being tropical and warm! It was summer when I went and it was cold and the water was different! A cool experience and it was fun! I think something to keep in mind is that if you travel to Seattle area this trip is gonna cost you about 4-6 hrs. Is it worth it? In my opinion, yes! It’s beautiful and serene and just a site to see. Seeing all the drift wood and rocks collected on the shore was a scene itself. Take a walk or jump into the water or just people watch… either way you’ll have a good relaxing time.
  • This is a really neat place even on a gloomy cloudy day. We hiked the beach to get to Hole in the Wall, make sure you go during low tide (see pic for August 2022 tide schedule). Lots of rocks at this beach and very little sand so wear hiking boots if you plan on going there. Lots to look at with all the fallen trees, lots of interesting rocks on the beach, didn’t see any shells.
  • Beautiful beach in Washington! Tides were high and very frequent made us bit worried but it was fantastic evening to spend with friends and family. There were many drift wood piles lying on the beach but kids can surely play in sand and water. Loved the sound of ocean waves. Parking is decent size with limited restrooms. Seems pretty popular place in summer. Nearest food of gas station is about 8 miles away.

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