Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rialto Beach, La Push, Olympic National Park

James Island off the coast of La Push.

At the northern end of a stringt of beautiful beaches, headlands, and pine studded islands called La Push, sits Rialto Beach right on the mouth of the Quillayute River. We stayed the night nearby in the Mora campground which is tucked about 3 miles inland in a large coastal pine forest near the banks of the river. A storm was in the process of rolling in when we arrived at the beach. The skies were dark and the seas rough, a frothy white mist was hanging over the beach, a permanent mist from the seas beating against the headlands.

Evergreen studded islands viewed from the beach.

We were immediatley stuck by the bleached white hue of the trees at the beaches edge almost as if they are standing pieces of driftwood. The path down to the rocky beach was covered with logs deposited by storms. In the foggy distance sat the islands this area is known for, each capped with a sparse crown of evergreens.

Driftwood and Bleached Wood at the beach's edge.

We walked along the beach for a bit as a light rain started to come down (we had planned in advance and fully decked ourselves in heavy rain gear in the morning fortunatley). As the rain came in harder it obscured the stunning islands off the shore so we started heading back towards the car before the storm intensified too much. After collecting a few perfectly smooth rocks deposited by the waters we left after only a short hike along the beach.


  1. Enjoyed your pictures. I finally got to Ruby Beach this last Labor Day and it is a beautiful coastline truly and love those smooth rocks too.

  2. We also found ourselves on Ruby beach shortly before sunset the day before we hit Rialto. Second Beach clearly took the cake for Olympic beaches though. Stunning!!

  3. Gorgeous... love camping out there in the summer; it's one of my favorite places to go. If you're still in the area, and haven't already done so, I highly recommend you head up to Cape Flattery and check out the trail to the cliffs.