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Lake Ozette Triangle

(also known as Capa Alva/Sand Point Loop)
Park: Olympic National Park , Pacific Coast region


Green Trails Ozette No. 130S or Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop

15.1 km loop.

Terrain: Intermediate
Approximate Elevations (in meters)
Start: 10 End: 10
Minimum: 0 Maximum: 68
Net Gain: 68 Cumulative Gain: 300
Ozette Sunset Sea Stack

Lake Ozette Ranger Station Trailhead: ( 154 km from Saanich Hall, ferry required). Drive south on Blanshard St for 4.9km to Belleville St. Follow this for about 1km to the ferry terminal. Drive west from Port Angeles on US#101 for 8km turning north onto WA#112 which you follow for 51.5km to Ozette Lake Rd (just past Sekiu). Turn left (south) onto this road and drive to the end of the road (approx 32km).

Facilities available at the trailhead include:

Apparently the parking fee is included in the backcountry permit. This is something we just learned and should be confirmed with Olympic National Park.


Backpack Easy to moderate (backcountry permit required, fee charged). 2 days for the loop. Suitable all year.
Dayhike 3 boot (moderate). 7 hours for the loop. Suitable all year.


This route forms a triangle with almost equal length sides. Hiking out from the ranger station at Lake Ozette you cross the river on a concrete footbridge. Once across the river the trail climbs for about 200m to a fork. The right fork leads to the beach at Cape Alava, 5.3km distant, the left to the beach at Sand Point, 5km. The beach route between the two is 4.8km in length. Both the trail to Cape Alava and the trail to Sand Point are boardwalk. The boardwalk on the Cape Alava section doesn"t begin for approximately 500m beyond the junction. Sections of this trail are in the process of being replaced with a raised gravel bed. In other sections experimental boardwalk using what appears to be altwood has been used. This seems like it would be more slippery than normal boardwalk when it is wet. Hiking poles also do not get any purchase on alt-wood (although rubber tips might help).

Heading south from Cape Alava to Sand Point there are two headlands that require co-ordination with the tides. Both headlands have overland routes, the northerly one is easy but the southerly one is quite steep and is not recommended, especially when wet. Immediately south of the north marker for the northerly headland route are some petroglyphs on the rocks very close to the bank. More petroglyphs can be found at the southern terminus of the headland trail.

The terrain is rated as intermediate due to the hiking on the beach with the possibility of needing to round the headlands using headland trails.


This trail features animals (Black bear, Coastal black-tailed deer, Raccoon, Sea otter), beaches, birds (Bald Eagle, Black Oystercatcher, Brown Pelican, Common Murre, Common Raven, Double-crested cormorant, Harlequin duck, Marbled murrelet, Peregrine Falcon, Sanderling, Snowy plover, Tufted Puffin, Western Sandpiper), ferns (Bracken fern, Deer fern), flowers (Trillium), forests (Douglas-fir, Red alder, Sitka spruce, Western hemlock, Western red cedar, Western yew and Yellow cedar), historical artifacts (Petroglyphs - an amazing display on both the north and south sides of the Wedding Rocks headland), marine mammals (California sea lion, Grey whale, Steller sea lion), meadows, plants (Evergreen huckleberry, Skunk cabbage) and shrubs (Red huckleberry, Salal).


Campsites along the trail

Cape Alava 5.0 km 2 meters
  • Fire boxes
  • Pit toilet
Water is available quality is fair.
Wedding Rocks Approx 7.0 km 0 meters   Water is unknown.
  (Random camping between Cape Alava and Wedding Rocks)
Sand Point 9.8 km 0 meters
  • Pit toilet
Water is available quality is poor.


Water is available at the trailhead, there are water sources at both Cape Alava and Sand Point, water from both these sources should be treated before being consumed.

For additional information see:

Last hiked:May 23, 2011


Report for 2011-06-20 by Michael M
The trail to Cape Alava was, for the most part, in good condition. There were a few loose and rotting boards on the boardwalk. Near the beach there is a small slump with some stinging nettle which you might want to make a short detour around.

Page updated Tuesday, September 6, 2011
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