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Rialto Beach to Little James Island

The Olympic Peninsula boasts of several beautiful public beaches near the town of La Push. The catch: accessing most of them requires a hike through the forest. Luckily for those of us who are tired from spending the day jaunting through the Hoh Rainforest, Rialto Beach is easily accessible.

Parking and flushing bathrooms are just several feet away from the beach. Most visitors walk the 1.7 miles from the parking lot to the Hole-in-the-Wall rock formation however we chose to head to Little James Island in the opposite direction, where there are very few people. From the overnight camping area, Little James Island is .7 miles.

Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach

Where there is water, there is always the opportunity to skip rocks. 🙂

Skipping rocks on Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Seagulls on Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Seagulls on Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach

The Quillayute River empties into the Pacific Ocean just on the other side of the spit.

Quillayute River in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Ducks on the Quillayute River in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach

I think mom and dadso enjoyed the beach as much as we did! 🙂

Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach

Since the tide had not yet cut off access, we rushed to wards Little James Island.

Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach in the Olympic National Forest near La Push on the Washington State Peninsula - American Expeditioners http://americanexpeditioners.com/rialto-beach
Rialto Beach to Little James Island Overview
Coordinates / Address
47.9116291,-124.648728
Fees / Permit
$25/vehicle (valid 7 consecutive days) or National Parks Pass
Difficulty
Easy however there are a lot of large rocks to trek over
Tips & Things to Note
Watch for tide times. Little James Island is just north of (big) James Island. James Island is part of the Quileute Reservation and is OFF LIMITS.
Pets allowed
Leashed pets allowed 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek during daylight hours
Camera Info
Canon 6D + Canon 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS
Length
1.4 Miles RT
Elevation Gain
N/A Flat area
Usage
Moderate

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