Ozette Former Group Camp Trail is a hiking and horse trail in Clallam County, Washington. It is within Olympic National Park. It is 0.1 miles long and begins at 38 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 16 feet. The trail ends near the Ozette Ranger Station and Ozette Ranger Station ranger stations. There is also a pier near the end of the trail.
Ozette Former Group Camp Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The Ozette Triangle (named for the loop’s shape) is the perfect introduction to America’s wildest coastline south of Alaska: sea stacks, sea otters, sea lions, and ocean scenery for as far as you can see. Walk along silver strands of spectacular sandy beaches, passing reefs and tide pools. Scout for whales, eagles, harlequin ducks, and oyster catchers; admire ancient Native American petroglyphs. This classic hike is popular with backpackers but can easily be done in a day."
--Craig Romano, 100 Classic Hikes Washington (The Mountaineers Books).
"Walk along reefs, tide pools, and also silver strands of spectacular sandy beaches. Scout for whales, eagles, harlequin ducks, and oystercatchers. And admire ancient Native American petroglyphs. The Ozette Triangle (named for the loop’s shape) is full of wonders. Sea stacks, sea otters, sea lions, and ocean scenery for as far as you can see.
Starting from Lake Ozette, one of the largest natural bodies of freshwater in the state, immediately come to an arched bridge crossing of the lazy Ozette River.
Dogs are prohibited."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula - 2nd Edition (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Erik Molvar, Hiking Olympic National Park (Falcon Guides).
"Because coastal trails necessarily tend to follow a narrow, linear landform, it is extremely rare to find a beach hike that forms a loop. The Ozette Triangle is a wonderful exception to that rule. Here, two diverging forest trails connect a superb section of scenic shoreline to form a nearly perfect triangle. But it isn’t merely the route’s shape on a map that makes this the most famous day hike or weekend backpacking trip on the Olympic Coast. People flock here to enjoy the abundant wildlife (including everything from sea otters to eagles), extensive areas of tidepools, wonderful beach campsites, American Indian petroglyphs, and coastal scenery. The trip includes some rugged hiking along the coastal leg of the triangle, but it is all great fun."
--Douglas Lorain, Top Trails: Olympic National Park and Vicinity (Wilderness Press).
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