- 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.