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Backpack Olympic Beaches: First Night at Rialto Beach (2nd group)

Good news. You have been moved off the Wait List and added to Group B. I will be camping with Brent's Group A and we will all share the same central group area.

It's a 2 night trip. If you want to stay both nights, sign up for April 20 also, add your name to Brent's Group A Wait List and you will be added as soon as possible.

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.

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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  • A former member
    A former member

    Need to rethink Weekend w/ classes Fri & Mon + domesitic To Do list

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Having worked for QTC for 6 months, I noticed the weather on the coast in La Push is harsher than the drip & mist of Seattle, so make sure to have good rain gear.

    April 18, 2013

  • christine

    Looking to jump in someone's car Friday or Saturday to carpool from Seattle. I can totally chip in for gas etc...

    April 16, 2013

    • Kurt

      I'll be catching the ferry midmorning on Friday and returning Sunday. If you are interested in carpooling, shoot me an email.

      April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have a 8 hour class in Bellevue on Fri. Should I cancel. I may want to come Fri Nite/Sat morn. Rain fcst 40% Fri and 20% Sat & Sun. When I commuted to La Push I always budgeted 4 hours for taking the ferry from Seattle.

    April 14, 2013

  • Doug S

    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]

    April 11, 2013

  • Joey

    Couldn't get out of work. Hope you have a blast.

    April 9, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    Registered twice for my plus one. Could we have a phone number in case we get stuck in traffic? Looking forward to it!

    April 8, 2013

  • Jennifer K.

    We would like to join, and it is also Washington CoastSaver cleanup weekend. Will we be in the N or S area of Rialto Beach?

    April 8, 2013

  • Jen F

    Had some work issues come up and can't go this time around.

    April 8, 2013

  • Dane'

    Change in plans and can't make it.

    April 2, 2013

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