Backpack Olympic Beaches: First Night at Rialto Beach

This will be my last coast trip this Winter. It's a 2 night trip. If you want to stay both nights, sign up for my April 20 posting also.

Meet Up Location
I will be camping on Rialto Beach on the Olympic Peninsula (just west of Forks, WA). It’s just 1.2 miles down the beach to great camp sites from the Rialto Beach Parking Lot. Easy hike, but be prepared for heavy weather (Green Trails Map No. 130S). You never know on the beaches in April. I will have a base camp set up here (look for Seattle Adventurer's signed tacked to a beach log) with a big blue tarp in the trees just off the beach.

Take caution crossing Ellen Creek. If it has been raining a lot, you will have to cross on the slippery logs. I suggest throwing sand on the logs for traction. Traction devices like YakTracks are also very helpful on the slippery logs. Take your time, work together, and be very careful.

Activities
We will have great beachcombing and tide pooling opportunities. There is also a unique natural feature near camp called the Hole-in-the-Wall. Rain or shine, expect big fires to help keep warm and toasty.

What to Bring
Just like backpacking in the mountains, you will need a good tent, backpack, a mid weight sleeping bag (25+ rating or lower), food, stove, water treatment system, etc. Make sure you have your 10 essentials. I suggest a good waterproof boot also. Gators can also be handy, but not essential. Definitely bring your camera. Be prepared for strong winds.

**A Note About the Ocean**
There are points along the Olympic Beaches where you have to use caution and cross at low tide only. This is not one of those hikes. If you are hiking down the beach at high tide in the afternoon, keep an eye on the ocean (especially if there is big surf).

Driving Directions from Seattle via Bainbridge Ferry
Use the Bainbridge Island ferry. At Bainbridge, follow Route 303 to Poulsbo and then Route 3 to the Hood Canal Bridge. Cross the bridge, following Highway 104 West to Highway 101 North. Follow 101 North (it's really going west) through Sequim and Port Angeles, and then on into the Forks area. Just north of Forks, turn onto 110 West. There'll be signs for La Push, Rialto Beach, and the Olympic National Park at this intersection. After eight miles on 110 (with two signs for us along the way), turn right on Mora Rd. (at the "Three Rivers Resort") and cross the Sol Duc river, then drive another 5 miles to Olympic National Park. Follow the road to the end. There is a large parking lot right on the beach. Travel time from Seattle (including the ferry) should be about 3.5 hours.

Camping Fees
Be sure get your backcountry permit at the parking lot. There are evelopes to pay at the trail head sign post. It’s $5 + $2 / person nightly camping fee. You must also bring a hard sided food container. Racoons are the biggest concern.

Do not leave any valuables in your car. Like all trailheads, car break-ins are common here.

 

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  • Brent D.

    This was one of my best Meetup Beach trips yet!

    April 22, 2013

  • christine

    I'm in another group going but looking for a lift from seattle anytime friday or saturday. Will totally pitch in for expenses. Pleazzzz.

    April 17, 2013

  • Alexandra

    I have family that did come up last minute so I won't make it unfortunately.

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I should have asked this a while ago -- is this dog friendly? And what time on Friday do people anticipate arriving?

    April 16, 2013

    • Brent D.

      Dogs are only allowed on the first half of the beach South of Ellen Creek. Beyond Ellen Creek where you can camp overnight is no dogs allowed. It's a good idea too. There are skunks in the camping area. Dogs and skunks are a bad mix, especially with the long drive home.

      April 16, 2013

  • Katie

    +1

    April 16, 2013

  • Doug S

    I signed up with one of the other groups and not this one.

    I will be leaving early Friday morning from the Tacoma area and coming back sunday. Does anybody want to carpool. I can drive. I would like to begin hiking to the camp site by at least 12:00 if not earlier. My phone is[masked] 9660. My direct email is coyot[masked]@yahoo.com.

    April 11, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    We are going to do the cleanup while we are out there. If anyone wants to join, we are doing the hole in the wall one. Register here:
    http://www.coastsavers.org/washington.html#.UWMytvq9Kc0

    April 8, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    I am bringing a plus one that I will register through my sign up on the other group.

    April 8, 2013

  • Ruth

    Would anyone like to carpool from Seattle?

    April 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was so much fun last yr.

    April 1, 2013

  • Alexandra

    Anyone planning on going later Friday or if necessary early Saturday morning? Would love to carpool and am more than happy to pitch in for gas and ferry. I live by canyon park exit in bothell.

    April 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm so sorry again, Brent. I'm going out of town for work

    April 1, 2013

  • John S.

    would like to join, but must stay in Seattle for dragon boat team practice

    April 1, 2013

  • Ruth

    Would anyone like to carpool from Seattle?

    February 27, 2013

  • Brent D.

    No problem is you only stay one night. This is come-and-go type Meetup environment.

    February 4, 2013

  • Joe

    Hi, I wanted to actually be put on the waiting list or join the second night, Saturday. I work afternoons and will not be able to be there on Friday.

    February 4, 2013

  • Joe

    I work afternoons, but would love to come out saturday and camp out staurday night.

    February 3, 2013

  • Brent D.

    I will move each person off the wait list and onto Group B. It's a manual exercise. I will have to wait until after work today. Stand by.

    January 9, 2013

  • Brent D.

    Good news for you folks on the Wait List. Adventure Meetup Organizer Pat is going to lead Group B. I will take the first 12 people on off my Wait List and add them to Group B.

    January 9, 2013

  • Katie

    +1

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    this was so much fun last yr.

    January 3, 2013

  • Jon P.

    I would prefer to ride, I live in Fremont. I have been to the area many times and know it well.

    January 3, 2013

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