Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial


Backpack - Rialto Beach to Chilean Memorial

Experience unique features of the beautiful Olympic Coast, including hiking through the Hole-in-the-Wall, camping two nights at historic Chilean Memorial Cove and an optional 4 mile RT Sunday day hike north to a beautiful beach for a picnic lunch, taking advantage of favorable low tides on all three days.

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

Meet at 8:30 AM at the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles.

At the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center we will register and pay camp and bear canister fees and pick up bear canisters for those who don't have them.  Approved bear canisters are required by Olympic National Park to hold all food and any other odor-emitting substances.   Camp fees are $8 per person per night, except for children, who are free.  Bear canister rentals are free.  Some type of National Park Pass must be displayed by each car parked at the Rialto Beach parking lot.  The drive from Port Angeles to the Rialto Beach trailhead will take about 1.5 hours.  A few miles before reaching the trailhead parking lot we will pass  a store and cafe where lunch items could be bought.  There are restrooms at the Wilderness Information Center, the cafe/store and the trailhead.  There is an outhouse at Chilean Memorial Cove.  The first half of the hike in is nearly all on a sandy beach.  The second half is mostly on low, flat rocks, with some minor bouldering around two headlands.  We should be at our campsite on Saturday before mid-tide, which minimizes the bouldering.   We will be camping both nights on a sandy beach.   Sunday's optional day hike will involve rounding two headlands with more bouldering than on Saturday and Monday, but by straddling the low tide, we will optimize our hiking conditions.  There will be little elevation gain throughout this three-day trip.  The moderate difficulty designation is due to the bouldering, not the distance or elevation gain.  We'll have an optional meal stop on the drive 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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