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Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Second Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Rialto Beach picture in Olympic National Park
Second Beach picture in Olympic National Park

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  • Beaches, Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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Rialto Beach, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Lake Crescent and about 70 miles from Port Angeles, offers dramatic coastal scenery and is a great place to look for sea lions, seals, otters, whales, seabirds and eagles. Visitors call the beach "intense" and a place to see the "pure power of nature."

The Mora area is located farther inland and offers a seasonal campground, along with a variety of trails to explore. Hikes include the .3-mile loop James Pond Trail; the .9-mile (each way) Slough Trail, a forested trail to the Quillayute River; and Rialto Beach, which is just a 200-foot-long path to an ocean view. A temporary accessible ramp is available in summer season. If you head 1½ miles along the 20.6-mile North Coast trail, you'll find a sea-carved arch called Hole-in-the-Wall and tide pools. Make sure to check tide tables before you set out.

Rialto Beach is accessible by Mora Road, off of La Push Road near the town of Forks. The Quillayute River blocks access from Rialto Beach to First, Second and Third Beaches. First Beach is part of the Quileute Indian Reservation; Second and Third Beaches just to the south are located within Olympic National Park and are part of the Olympic Wilderness Coast. For more information, visit the NPS website.

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#1 Hoh Rain Forest With an annual rainfall ranging from 140 to 170 inches, the Hoh Rain Forest is a lush, green wonderland, with mosses and ferns covering every tree and surface. According to ... Read more » James Randklev / Getty Images

#2 Hurricane Ridge Hurricane Ridge is located 17 miles south of Port Angeles and is the most easily accessed mountain area within the park. In clear weather, it offers amazing views. In fact ... Read more » Feng Wei Photography / Getty Images

#3 Kalaloch and Ruby Beach Kalaloch, located on the southwest coast of the Olympic Peninsula, is one of the most visited areas of Olympic National Park. The marine environment and offshore islands are protected by ... Read more » Steve Johnson / Getty Images

#4 Lake Crescent Formed thousands of years ago, this crystal-clear, glacially carved lake has depths of up to 624 feet in places. As the ice retreated, it left behind a steep valley that ... Read more » Jeff Kendall / EyeEm / Getty Images

#5 Mora and Rialto Beach Rialto Beach, which sits about 40 miles southwest of Lake Crescent and about 70 miles from Port Angeles, offers dramatic coastal scenery and is a great place to look for ... Read more » Image by David Gregg / Getty Images

#6 Sol Duc Valley The Sol Duc Valley, located in the northwest region of the park, offers several trails to explore, but probably the most popular is the mile-long hike to the Sol Duc ... Read more » Michael Riffle / Getty Images

#7 Olympic National Park Main Visitor Center and Wilderness Information Center According to recent visitors, this should be your first stop in the park. Found in Port Angeles, Washington, the center houses exhibits about Olympic National Park's natural and cultural ... Read more » Jasperdo / Flickr

#8 Staircase Staircase, located in the southeastern corner of Olympic National Park, is dominated by enormous Douglas firs. You'll find a variety of hiking trails along the Skokomish River and the ... Read more » Cory Maccarrone / Getty Images

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Visitor Center picture in Olympic National Park
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The Hoh Rain Forest is an enchanting place to explore. James Randklev / Getty Images

The visitor center at Hurricane Ridge offers stunning views. Feng Wei Photography / Getty Images

Kalaloch is one of the most visited areas of the park. And after taking one look at the coastal scenery, it's easy to see why. Steve Johnson / Getty Images

Lake Crescent is crystal clear and has depths of up to 624 feet. Jeff Kendall / EyeEm / Getty Images

Rialto Beach offers dramatic coastal views. Image by David Gregg / Getty Images

A spawning salmon jumps into the rapids of the Sol Duc River. Michael Riffle / Getty Images

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Several hiking trails in the Staircase area of the park take travelers along the picturesque Skokomish River. Cory Maccarrone / Getty Images

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