“If your goal is to find colorful starfish and anemone, this is the place during low tide!”
— Michelle Kras
Dogs are allowed on this trail, but only as far as Ellen Creek. All dogs must be on-leash at all times.
An Olympic Coast classic, this run is a perfect easy day trip for the whole family. The views are spectacular, and your turnaround is at a very cool coastal geologic feature, the Hole-in-the-Wall!
Features: Views — Wildlife
Though almost entirely flat, this trail can make for a strenuous outing due to sand. Your way will be easy to follow, and you'll enjoy sights such as sea stacks, tide pools, and views of the Pacific Ocean. Though you'll have to share the way with other visitors, this is an excellent run.
If you plan to run through the "Hole in the Wall", you MUST keep track of the tide - you can only walk through the Hole-in-the-Wall during low tide. Make sure you have plenty of time for the mile or so run there, including time to cross the Hole and walk around, then return through the Hole before the tide starts to come in!
The trailhead is basically the beach in front of the Rialto Beach parking area. The view of the beach is beautiful with large seastacks to the left (worth the walk if you wish to detour and check out the seastacks). To head to Hole-in-the-Wall, head to the right (north). The beach is your path!
As you stroll along the beach you'll see huge driftwood along the shore, and in the morning you may see tents housing runners of the Pacific NW Trail. You're getting closer to Hole-in-the-Wall when you pass by seastacks. At about 1.5 miles, you've reach Hole-in-the-Wall. You'll need to navigate over slippery rock to get to (and through) the Hole-in-the-Wall. Sea-life is abundant here during low tide (which is the only time you can pass through the Hole). Starfish and anemones are abundant here and at the previous seastack. When you are satisfied, turn around and head back to Rialto Beach.