It brings out the best of Washington. Rialto Beach is unique for its moody nature, stunning shoreline, huge driftwood logs, the tide pools, wildlife spottings, and amazing scenery.
It is a 3.4 mile out and back trail. The trail is on the sandy beach, with one area that must be crossed during low tide. I REPEAT it is only fully accessible during low-tide. You must check the tide charts before visiting. You have a small window of time to get from the beach to this spot. You must be able to crawl on top of logs, hunch over, and walk miles in uneven sand. We actually saw a lot of people walking to the rock after we were heading back and were telling them to be careful and that it wasn't safe. It is extremely important to do your research before doing any hike.
This is an extremely photogenic spot, and arguably the best photography opportunity on Rialto Beach. To get the perspective of the sea stack directly in the middle of the “hole”, cross through the hole (during low tide, of course) and walk about 100 yards away to find the right perspective for you. Don’t step on any starfish or sea anemones!
We stayed for hours and then had to start going back rather quickly so we didn’t get washed away during high tide. This part was scary yet exhilarating. Truly, if we had stayed much longer there would've been no way to get back to our car. The beach we had walked on earlier would be washed away by the waves!
Would you like to see this place in person? Have you?