Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial


Backpack - Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial

An 8 mile RT backpack trip on a beautiful coastal beach to Chilean Memorial, where we camp two nights and have an opportunity to optionally day hike north on Saturday during the convenient mid-day low tide.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 200 ft

Meet at 9 AM Friday at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

This is an easy beach backpack trip, camping two nights at Chilean Memorial, so that participants have a full day (Saturday) to either relax on the beach or participate in a moderate day hike north during the mid-day low tide.  Bringing a swimsuit, kite, frisbee and smores materials provides you more options while relaxing on the beach.  Families with children who can hike four miles on the beach would enjoy this trip.  When we meet Friday morning at the Wilderness Information Center, we will pay camp, Park and canister fees and those without them will pick up required bear canisters.  Then we drive for 1.5 hours to the trailhead at Rialto Beach.  Riders need to pay the usual mileage fees to their drivers.  There is a general store a few miles before reaching Rialto Beach, where you can buy hot food and anything you may have forgotten.  The last supermarket or fast food restaurant we pass will be in Port Angeles, though.  Those renting bear canisters at the WIC must drop them off there on the way home.


Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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