It is better to start your hike about 3 hours before low water.
The weather on the coast can change quickly - make sure you are
ready for strong winds and rain. Hiking boots that will provide
good traction on slippery rocks is a must.
on the gravel Rialto Beach the trail leads to Ellens Creek (about
Campfires are prohibited
before the creek. Crossing
the creek over logs can be a challenge sometimes. After the creek
crossing there are more sand areas that make hiking easier.
It is said that the name "Rialto" was given by local resident Alexander
Conlon in the memory of his career. Being a former actor he picked
the word "Rialto", that was a common name for theaters throughout
the U. S.
This is also a place of the first recorded shipwreck on Washington
coast. An amazing story (the records are preserved at the Territorial
Library at Juneau, AK) of love, courage, betrayal, and strong will
for survival was told by Timothy Tarakanof, the supercargo of Russian
brig "St. Nicholas", and later re-told by James A. Gibbs in
"Shipwrecks of the Pacific Coast".
about 20 minutes the trail reaches a Hole-in-the-Wall
that is fun to walk through, looking at baby mussels, sitting close
together, starfish and other shore wildlife. If the water is still
high there is a short steep trail just a little way to the right
of the beach. A small beach with several nice campsites opens up
from here. About 30 minutes of hiking bring you to a cliff that
is impassable in high water. The cliff "guards" another pretty bay
with sandy beach with some campsites (about 20 min), and a nice
view of the islands. You can walk to one of them during a low water
half an hour hiking on a boulder beach (pay attention - the boulders
are very slippery) brings you to Chilean Memorial. There was a monument
that marked the grave of five men and one woman who died in a shipwreck
in October of 1891. The concrete pillar has fallen down many years
ago, and we were not able to find it. If you shall find it, please
let us know. Still standing monument
was made in the memory of a later accident also involving Chilean
vessel that took place 29 years later, taking life of 20 people.
Because of these two tragedies this place is also referred as the
"Beach of the Dead". There is a campsite near the monument and a
small creek, just in time to replenish your water supply.
It takes about an hour to round Cape Johnson - boulder beach makes
it hard to walk. There is a chance you will see seals resting on
the rocks or feeding in a sea. In about 0.5 hour the trail reaches
Never Round Point, crosses it over to the north side and continues
on a sandy beach for about another 20 minutes to an old shelter
Depending on the tide you can round the point either on the beach,
or go uphill (the trail is marked). In about 10 minutes of easy
hiking the trail passes Starbuch Mine, named after the owner. The
mine was worked starting 1910 -1920 and abandoned by 1940. There
is a campsite there.
20 minutes hiking from the campsite lead to Norwegian Memorial
In 1903 Norwegian vessel Prince Arthur hit the rocks, snapped into
two and foundered, taking life of 18 men, who later were buried
by two fellow survivors. Look for fishing floats hanging from the
trees, marking a short trail (100 feet) leading to the Memorial
and campsites. From this point also a long time non-maintained Allens
Bay Trail leads to Ozette Lake.
the Memorial about an hour of difficult travel over wet and slippery
boulders leads to a small creek. Then boulders beaches turn into
gravel ones and hiking gets easier. Remains of the grey whale skeleton
washed out onto the shore last year still can be found here
Gradually gravel turns into sand and the trail enters Yellow Banks.
from this point. There is a small
creek right in the middle of the beach with campsites on the both
sides of it. It takes about 20 minutes of easy hiking to cross the
Yellow Banks and reach a point that can be rounded only at low water
(about 2 hours after the high tide). Another 20 minutes of hiking
on the gravel beach leads to Sand Point. The trail reaches a small
creek and South Sand Point Trail trailhead, that leads to Erickson
Bay, in another 20 minutes of easy hiking. There are several campsites
and backcountry toilet not far from the trailhead.
Crossing Wish-wish Creek the trail reaches marked junction, where
right fork leads to the creek, North Sand Point Trail goes straight,
short left fork leads to Sand Point with several campsites and backcountry