Ozette Loop

Sappho, Washington 98305

Ozette Loop

Ozette Loop Professional Review and Guide

"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."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Olympic National Park, permit required for backcountry camping
Local Contacts
USGS Ozette; Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop
Local Maps

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Jul 2018