All food, garbage, and scented items must be stored—overnight and when unattended—in park-approved bear canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast.
Utilize existing fire rings or build campfires on the beach to prevent damage to tree roots. Do not gather firewood from the forested areas; use driftwood only.
Leashed pets are allowed on Rialto Beach 0.8 mile north to Ellen Creek during daylight hours (camping with pets is prohibited.)
Ecosystem type: Coastal Forest and ocean beach
Trail tread types: beach
General elevation trend: Flat with steep overland trails
River crossings: Ellen Creek
Unique features: Beach hiking, natural arch
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 1 mile to Hole-in-the-Wall camp area
Elevation change: None
Best Season: April through October
Group SizeRestrictions: Groups are limited to no more than 12 people. Associated groups of more than 12 must camp and travel at least 1 mile apart and may not combine at any time into a group of more than 12.
Campsites: Numerous campsites between Ellen Creek and Hole-in-the-Wall.
Toilet Facilities: A pit toilet may be available just south of Hole-in-the-Wall near the "split rock". In other areas bury waste 6-8" deep and 200 feet from campsites and water sources.
Water Sources: Ellen Creek, various streams. Most coastal water sources have a tea-stained appearance. The light tan color originates from tannin leached from leaves. Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal streams and rivers. Always filter or boil water. Iodine is ineffective against cryptosporidium.
Stock: Prohibited on all park beaches and beach trails.