This classic loop hike walks you through the isolated northwest section of the park. The trail takes you out to the beach, along it, and then back on a different trail.
From Port Angeles head west on US 101 for 7.4km. Turn onto WA-112 W for 78.2km to Seiku. Past Seiku turn left on Ozette Lake Rd. Follow for 34.1km until you reach the parking area.
|When to do|
Yes, on the beach, but be sure to get a permit.
Yes, at trailhead.
From the parking area head down the main trail and cross over the Ozette River. You will arrive at a Y junction where you will turn right to head along the Cape Alava Trail. This path is mostly boardwalks – they are there to protect the sensitive ecology; however, the boardwalks can be extremely slippery when wet. Take care.
Follow this lightly undulating trail as it heads out for approximately one-third of the total hikes’ distance down to the ocean. Finally you will descend to the sand, just inland from the beautiful Ozette Island.
Once you’re on the beach look back to check out the circular indicator marking the transition from beach to trail. Knowing what these look like will be useful when making the transition back inland.
Begin heading south along the beach. Hiking along the sand or rocks can be difficult and usually takes longer than expected. As you head south you will pass by several very impressive rock formations. On the way down you will see several signs for trails going inland, but these are just trails for when the tide is high. The real trail back inland is just past an immense, grassy mound, at the end of the large bay you have been hiking along.
At the south end of the beach climb up the grassy mound, called Sand Point, to get some impressive panoramic views of the beach on either side. The trail back to the parking lot is just south of Sand Point, a few hundred feet down the next beach.
Return along the North Sand Point Trail all the way to the parking area, along even more boardwalks!
Be sure to consult the tide table, and try to do this hike when the tide is low. The trail is passable when the tide is high; however, having the entire beach to explore is a nice treat.
Bring shoes or boots with stiff soles as the hard rocks can make the soles of your feet very sore.
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