Hole in the Wall Hike in Olympic National Park, Washington
Hole in the Wall Hike in Olympic National Park, Washington

Hole in the Wall hike

Olympic National Park
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Hole in the Wall hike

Distance: 3.3mi
Elevation: 75ft
Time: 1.5-2.5h

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This is a jaw-dropping hike from the raw edge of the Pacific Ocean to a collection of massive boulders jutting out of the water. Be sure to go at low tide to more closely enjoy the impressive rock formations at the end of the beach.

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Getting there

From Forks go north on US-101 for 1.5mi. Turn left onto Washington 110 West/La Push Rd. Follow for 7.8mi. Turn right onto Mora Rd, with signs for Rialto Beach. In 5.0mi you’ll reach the parking for Rialto Beach.

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About

When to do

Year round

Backcountry Campsites

Yes, on the beach but permits are required.

Toilets

Yes, at trailhead.

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

None

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

Out and back


Hole in the Wall
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Route Description for Hole in the Wall

Head down to the rocky beach from the parking area and start heading to the right (north). Immediately looking south you will see a small collection of islands just off from the Quillayute River estuary.

If you came in times of especially low tide you can hike in the sand, otherwise you will be forced to walk through small pebbles. This makes the going slow and tough. Even though the beach is flat, the loose rocks make each step slower, but you’re not in a rush!

You will be captivated by the raw power of the ocean as you continue along the beach with waves crashing on the beach. Looking out across the water your eyes will be met with nothing but the thin line of the horizon. Coming from the dense mountain hikes in the east part of the park, this view is devoid of obstruction and is almost a welcome sight.

Finally to the north end of the beach you will pass by several impressive rock formations and finally reach a large ridge. Here you will see the namesake hole in the ridge. We highly recommend taking the very steep trail that climbs through the forest to get to the top of the ridge. From this ridge you get some stunning panoramic views down the beach.

After enjoying the power of the water return the way you came.

Check out more amazing hikes in the Olympic National Park, like the Hoh River Trail, Ozette Triangle or the Obstruction Point hike.

Insider Hints

  • Fisherman frequent this beach, and - from what we’ve seen - they are typically quite lucky.

Comments

Sally S. Norbert 1 year ago

Beautiful! An amazing sight. You must do this at least once in your life.

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Lambert O 1 year ago

This hike is beautiful. A surely pretty piece of nature to visit.

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Suzy TQ 1 year ago

It was an awesome 9km hike from Coffee Bay to the hole in the wall. I can't put into words how amazing the views are but you have to make an effort and check it out for yourself.

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Tara Green 1 year ago

I am so glad we went there, it was my friend's recommendation and totally beautiful beach

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Allon FT 2 years ago

We were impressed with the rock formations! Glad it was low tide when we did the hike. The sandy trail was hot but feels great!

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Felipe III 2 years ago

Awesome hike. Got to catch a glimpse of the dramatic sunset. It was simply breathtaking.

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Seymor H. 2 years ago

Splendid area that requires very little effort. This is the kind of place you'd like to visit again and again.

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El Papi S. 2 years ago

Nice view of the nearby islands. It was a fun and exciting hike to do.

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amsterdan 2 years ago

Great hike with nice rock formations. Walking barefoot at the beach was awesome.

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Rain k. 2 years ago

Trail was consistently flat throughout the hike. Great trail for kids and elderly.

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