Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

From Rialto Beach to Sand Point, hike up to 20 miles along a spectacular section of the Olympic National Park wilderness coast. Craig Romano describes this hike as “...some of the prettiest and wildest coastline and beaches in North America.” Sights include sea stacks, arches, caves, tide pools, and sandy beaches. Besides the spectacular scenery, visit the Chilean Memorial and Norwegian Memorials, which commemorate long-ago shipwrecks along this hazardous coast.

on the trail

Here are sites to see and good campsites and places to turn around along the way from the Rialto Breach to Sand Point:

  • Hole-in-th-Wall - 1.0 mi from the trailhead
  • Chilean Memorial - 3.7 mi from the trailhead, 2.7 mi from Hole-in-the-Wall
  • Cedar Creek - 8.7 mi from the trailhead, 5.0 mi from the Chilean Memorial
  • Norwegian Memorial - 10 mi from the trailhead, 1.3 mi from Cedar Creek
  • Yellow Banks - 15.1 mi from the trailhead, 5.1 mi from the Norwegian Memorial
  • South Sand Point - 16.1 mi from the trailhead, 1.0 mi from Yell0w Banks
  • Ericson Bay - a 2-mile trail just north of South Sand Point leads from the coast to Lake Ozette
  • Sand Point Trail - 17.2 mi from the trailhead, 1.1 mi from South Sand Point
  • Wedding Rocks - mi from the trailhead,
  • Cape Alava Trail - 20.3 mi from the trailhead,
  • Ozette Ranger Station - 3.0 mi by the Sand Point Trail, 3.4 mi by the Cape Alava Trail


  • Difficulty: Strenuous
  • Length: 20.2 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 260 ft
  • 150 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Custom Correct North Olympic Coast
  • Green Trails Ozette No. 130S
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

Backpacking Trip
It's March! It's rainy! It's cold! Perfect time to dust off the raingear and keep
Difficulty: Strenuous
Thu, Mar 24, 2022 - Sun, Mar 27, 2022
No Prerequisites
22 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Mar 22
Foothills Branch

Backpack - Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

Backpacking Trip
Mountaineers Activity Club backpack.
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 - Sun, Jun 26, 2022
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
8 participants
Foothills Branch

Seattle MAC - Backpacking Trip - Olympic Coast North: The Shipwreck Coast

Youth Youth activity: Mountaineers Adventure Club
MAC members go on a multiday backpack trip to the Coast!
Difficulty: Strenuous
Fri, Jun 24, 2022 - Mon, Jun 27, 2022
No Prerequisites
7 participants 1 instructor 1 chaperone
Seattle Branch
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