Trip Reports: Olympic Peninsula Coastal Trek, Washington - June 2016

At the end of June we did a 4-day backpacking trek up the wild coast of the Olympic Peninsula from Rialto Beach to Sand Point, in Olympic National Park.  This was a fairly demanding hike with many rugged and rocky headlands that could only be passed at low tide, along with the ever present coastal fog and rain.  The tough hiking and weather was rewarded with secluded wilderness beaches, picturesque sea stacks, tidepools, and the company of seals and bald eagles.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, Hole in the Wall, Rialto Beach, hiking, photo

Hiking through the Hole in the Wall north from Rialto Beach. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, photo

A large sea anenome in a tidepool near Hole in the Wall and Rialto Beach. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, hiking, photo

Hiking past seastacks at low tide. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, tent, Olympic National Park, photo

Campsite at the Chilean Memorial Camp, the first night of a 4 day trek up the coast of the Olympic Peninsula. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, hiking, photo

Descending a steep trail over a headland to a secluded beach. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, hiking, photo

A rope-assisted descent down a steep portion of trail over a rocky headland between beaches. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, hiking, photo

Hiking past seastacks along the Olympic coast. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, photo

A rare sunny afternoon along the Olympic coast at Kayostia Beach. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Olympic Peninsula, Washington, Olympic National Park, photo

Sunset behind an odd seastack at Kayostia Beach. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

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Easy walking along the broad beach at Yellow Banks. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.

Olympic Peninsula, Sand Point, Washington, Olympic National Park, photo

Panoramic view at Sand Point. Photo © copyright by Jack Brauer.