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The raw untouched nature of Rialto Beach has left an impression on me that will be difficult to forget.Its isolation, towering sea stacks and of course breathtaking scenes of driftwood left me in awe of the beauty of mother nature.

On my visit it was a rather dark and overcast day that seemed to emphasise its isolation and remoteness.

Rialto Beach
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Rialto Beach on the Olympic Peninsula boosts some of the most awesome views of the Pacific Coast with the easiest access. Just a few miles away from the small town of La Push, Rialto Beach is an easy hike, with Hole-in-the-Wall a popular destination.

Rialto Beach starts at the mouth of the Quillayute River and extends 4 miles past sea stacks and tide pools. The winter months bring heavy storms which can be enjoyable to watch, as well as rewarding. Be sure to watch for Japanese blown glass balls, used as fishing buoys.

The beach is easy to traverse (though a tiring due to the deep sand) to the main destination, Hole-in-the-Wall. True to its name this tunnel-like-structure was pierced through a cobble-stoned rock by centuries of wave action. This hike is 3 miles in length, 6 miles round trip. You should plan on 2 to 3.5 hours to hike to Hole-in-the-Wall.

Source: http://www.portangeles.org/RialtoBeach.html

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