Hiking The North Wilderness Beach

The 10th most popular hiking trail in Washington.

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West of Forks along the wild Pacific shoreline, the 21 mile hike along North Wilderness Beach from Sand Point in the north to Rialto Beach in the south is an amazing adventure. This 20.8-mile hike from Rialto Beach (near Ozetta) to Sand Point (near Mora) follows beaches, overland trails, and headlands that can only be passed during low tide. Along the route, you will find rich tidal pools, harbor seals, bald eagles, and gray whales (during the summer).

To reach the Rialto Beach trailhead from Forks, head north on US101 for a mile to La Push Road (SR110). Turn left heading southwest for about 8 miles. Veer right onto Mora Road for about 5 miles to trailhead.

Be sure to carry the Strip of Wilderness pamphlet, a tide table, and a watch.

A backcountry permit is required from (360) 452-0300.

Overall, North Wilderness Beach is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 56 hikes in Washington. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby North Wilderness Beach including Hoh River Trail, South Coast Trail, North Fork Skokomish Trail, South Fork Hoh Trail, Elwha Trail and East Fork Quinault River Trail (Enchanted Valley)Queets River Trail.

North Wilderness Beach Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  ONP (360) 452-0330; Forks Chamber Of Commerce (360) 374-2531; WA Tourism (800) 544-1800; Olympic Mountaineers (360) 452-0240; Peak 6 Outfitters (360) 374-5254.

Recommended Book:  "Backpacking Washington" from Craig Romano

Recommended Map:  "Olympic National Park" from Trails Illustrated

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  NP Ozette CG; NP Mora CG

Luxury Loding:  Kalaloch Lodge (360) 962-2271; Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (360) 327-3583

Breakfast Restaurant:  Rain Drop Cafe, Forks

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/olym/

GPS:  48, -124.55

Date Published:  12/27/2015

Date Updated:  7/23/2016

ID:  11157

North Wilderness Beach Hiking Map


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