Ozette Loop

Sappho, Washington

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This trail offers a 9.3-mile long day hike or short backpack loop along a part of the coast that is inaccessible by car. It receives heavy use due to its ease of access, and a permit reservation system is in place for overnight camping between the Yellow Banks and the Ozette River. Reservations should be sought by phone, mail, or in person at least two days before the planned trip; weekends are particularly busy, and getting reservations a week in advance for these days is advisable. Backpackers should bear in mind that the only reliable freshwater along the coastal part of the route is at Cape Alava and Sand Point. The hike is described here going counterclockwise around the loop, but it could be done either way. The trail leaves the Ozette Ranger Station heading west, and a broad bridge soon arches above the sluggish waters of the Ozette River. Soon after entering the forest, the trail branches into two paths. The right fork heads toward Cape Alava and the left fork to Sand Point (the return leg of this loop). Bear right on the Cape Alava Trail, which wanders west through young spruce and hemlock underlain by deer fern. The gigantic leaves of skunk cabbage appear in clumps in the boggy pockets of the forest.
Hiking Olympic National Park

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Hiking Olympic National Park

by Erik Molvar (Falcon Guides)

This trail offers a 9.3-mile long day hike or short backpack loop along a part of the coast that is inaccessible by car. It receives heavy use due to its ease of access, and a permit reservation system is in place for overnight camping between the Yellow Banks and the Ozette River. Reservations should be sought by phone, mail, or in person at least two days before the planned trip; weekends are particularly busy, and getting reservations a week in advance for these days is advisable. Backpackers should bear in mind that the only reliable freshwater along the coastal part of the route is at Cape Alava and Sand Point. The hike is described here going counterclockwise around the loop, but it could be done either way.

The trail leaves the Ozette Ranger Station heading west, and a broad bridge soon arches above the sluggish waters of the Ozette River. Soon after entering the forest, the trail branches into two paths. The right fork heads toward Cape Alava and the left fork to Sand Point (the return leg of this loop). Bear right on the Cape Alava Trail, which wanders west through young spruce and hemlock underlain by deer fern. The gigantic leaves of skunk cabbage appear in clumps in the boggy pockets of the forest.

© 2015 Erik Molvar/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Sappho
Distance: 9.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Maps: USGS Ozette; Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop
Driving Directions: Directions to Ozette Loop

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