Olympic Peninsula: Rialto Beach

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When most people think of beaches they think tropical, warm sun, white sand. The beaches of the Pacific Northwest are not that but they are beautiful. Misty and quiet except for the sound of the surf and the occasional cry of a seagull.

There are a number of beaches that are part of Olympic National Park. Some are on the local La Push reservation. The reservation, and second beach, were closed to visitors due to Covid. Rialto Beach was open thought and it was worth the visit.

The beaches are black stone and black sand. The drift wood that litters the beach are trees that fell in the rainforest and were carried down glacial melt rivers to the ocean. The surf them pushed the trunks, worn smooth by the water, onto the black rock beaches.

Visiting Tips:

  • Make sure to have your national parks pass or your multi-day pass ready to save time.
  • Bring a rain jacket, the mist will soak through you quickly.
  • The beach is dangerous, follow the safety signs.

The pictures do not do justice to the sheer size of the driftwood trees. There are signs stating that visitors need to be cautious because if these trees shift they can kill the unwary.

What do you think of the beaches of the Pacific Northwest? Do you find them as beautiful as the “traditional” beach? Let me know in the comments! Safe travels wherever the road takes you!


Thank you KW Photography for allowing me to use your wonderful photos!

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