Cape Alava to Ozette River Travelway
Beach near Ozette River
Ecosystem Type: pacific coast, beach
Trail Tread Types: beach (sand to large rocks and logs)
General Elevation Trend: flat
Unique Features: Bald Eagle viewing, marine mammal viewing
Backcountry Permits: Required for overnight trips - Obtain at Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles. A limited number of permits are available between May 1 and September 30. Reservations are required between May 1 and Sept. 30. (360) 565-3100.
Camping: Please camp only in established campsites to prevent vegetation damage.
Level of Difficulty: Easy to difficult
Best Season: All year
Connecting Trails: Sand Point Trail, Cape Alava to Sand Point Travelway, Shi Shi Beach to Ozette River Travelway
Stock: Closed to stock
Leave No Trace: Please Leave No Trace of your stay to help protect park resources and to prevent further camping regulations. Camp in pre-existing bare ground sites or on the sand above the high tide line.
Fires: Fires are not allowed between Wedding Rocks and Yellow Banks
Wildlife Precautions: Food, garbage and scented items must be stored in a hard-sided container like a bear canister on the entire Olympic Coast. Containers may be borrowed from the WIC.
Safety: Boardwalk trails are very slippery when wet. Headland trails, marked by orange and black targets, bypass areas that are impassable due to terrain or high tides. Some trails require climbing rope ladders which can be hazardous. Be wary of loose rocks that can fall from above. Rocks and logs can be slippery and can tip or roll. Always hike with a tide chart. The Ozette River may only be forded at or near low tide.