Hole in the Wall is a great place for a little bit of beginner backpacking. The hike out to the beach is easy and the ranger stations at ONP make it easy to register and equip yourself with the required bear can.
The beach gets busy during the summer days, but quiets out at night, and you really can't beat camping next to the sound of the ocean. It's a great place to chill
You'll definitely want to check the tides at least a day ahead of time - or even two- so you can prepare your drive time and arrival strategy. We were enjoying the beach and waited too long into the day to hike our way through the hole in the wall -- the waves got a bit dicey, and we wound up soaked.
If the weather is good, there is nothing more amazing than camping right on the beach. The stars, the sunset, the sound of the waves all night. It's magic. We found a great spot up toward the trees to pitch the tent.
Just like a backpacking trip, bring everything you need to eat and drink with careful planning because you have to haul it across the beach. It's not terribly far, but water jugs are heavy!
Everything needs to fit in your bear can, rangers do come by to check. Used or un open, it needs to fit or you'll have to haul it all back to the car. Ice chests don't cut it. I guess it's more for the racoons and actual bears. We stopped at the Ranger Station in Port Angeles to rent one. The line was so insane that we just bought our own at a local hardware store. Now we don't have to bother in the future.
There is no shortage of areas to explore. Watch the tide if you are going to pass through Hole in the Wall. Lots of sea stacks, tide pools, and seals out in the water.
I can't recommend this experience enough.
even though you can self register, make sure you bring a bear canister because rangers do check! Fires are permitted until around mid August. Also if you want to go through the rock face you need to head in early morning before high tide.
Hole-in-the-Wall was recommended to us by a ranger in Port Angeles and I am so glad we went with their recommendation. It was the best campsite I have ever camped at!
We parked at Rialto Beach and hiked along the beach until we reached Hole-in-the-Wall. On the way we saw multiple seals swimming near shore and even a whale! The hike was easy and did not take long, just a few miles. We found a campsite steps away from the magnificent rock formations behind piles of driftwood. The view was spectacular!
During our time there we swam in the waves, explored the tide pools, and hiked around the rock formations. It is definitely a backpacking experience I will not forget and I cannot wait to go back!
Spots fill up fast so best to be early! Amazing sunsets at night, a few really amazing spots nestled on the edge of beach and tree line. Easy beach to hike and play around.