Ellen Creek

General location: 15 miles west of Forks, WA along the North Coastal Wilderness.

Trailhead: Rialto Beach trailhead



Ecosystem type: Coastal Forest and Ocean Beach
Trail tread types: Beach hiking
General elevation trend: Flat
River crossings: None
Unique features: Ocean views, eagle watching, Hole in the Wall
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: .5 mile to Ellen Creek
Elevation change: None
Best Season: Year round

Trail Conditions
North Coast Beach Travelway
Camping Permits/Reservations: Obtain permits at WIC in Port Angeles or at the Mora Ranger Station.
Permits are not available at trailhead. No reservations necessary.
Food Storage Method: Hard-sided food containers are required.
Location and sites: No camping south of Ellen Creek. Many campsite north of Ellen Creek
Toilet Facilities: Pit toilet near Hole-in-the-Wall.
Water Source: Ellen Creek- Always boil, filter or chemically treat your drinking water to prevent getting Giardia.
Stock: Prohibited on all park beaches and beach trails.

Special Concerns
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in preexisting sites or on sand.
Fires: To protect coastal forests, please burn only driftwood.
Wildlife Precautions: Due to raccoon problems, all food garbage and scented items must be secured in hard-sided containers such as Bear canisters. To protect raccoons, bears and other wildlife, all food, garbage and scented items must be secured from all wildlife 24 hours a day.

When traveling along the coast, know the tides. Bring a map and a tide chart to plan your route. Be prepared to hike over headland trails during high tides. Some headlands cannot be rounded during the lowest of tides. When camping on the beach, camp above high tide water line.

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