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Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop

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  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
9:15 AM at Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mt. Angeles Rd, Port Angeles
9.5 mile roundtrip loop; 350 feet elevation gain; pace 1.5-2.0 MPH

These notes are also on my website at [AlpineRover] Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop – 05-18-2013 to 05-19-2013.

Join us (Nicole Hansen and trip co-leader Linda Kuramoto) to spend the night on the coast at Cape Alava . This is a great first backpack of the season. Reference: Green Trails Ozette No. 130S. Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano, No. 123 Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop .

On Day 1 we will hike about 3 miles over flat terrain to our campsite at Cape Alava. After setting up camp, participants are free to meander the beach after checking out with the leaders. Return to camp for dinner. Campfires are permitted on the beach. On Day 2 we will hike the remaining 6 miles of the loop back to our starting point. When we reach Sand Point on the second day, we have the option to hike south of Sand Point on over 2 glorious miles of some of the finest sandy beaches in all of Washington.

We are hiking on the Pacific Coast near the Olympic Rain Forests, so be prepared for wind and rain. The beach is quite an interesting and exciting destination regardless of weather, so the trip will not be cancelled or moved due to weather conditions.

The hike to and from the beach is on a 3 mile boardwalk that can be slippery when wet. We will adjust our starting times and route to account for the tides while hiking along the beach.

Raccoons and squirrels are known to steal food so you are required to store your food in a bear canister, which, if you don’t already own one, you can rent at our meeting place, the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles. A note on water: Filtering or boiling is necessary. The tablets don't work so well as it is known that there is Giardia and Cripto in the water. However, the steri-pens should work. Your drinking water will still look brown from the presence of tannin in the water. I would like participants to consider sharing common equipment such as tents, water filters, and cooking equipment, which we will arrange the week prior to our trip.

I have already purchased a wilderness camping permit for the party. Please plan on reimbursing me $2.00 for the wilderness permit. Each car should have a current National Park Permit to park at the Ozette Lake TH. Plan to carpool to our 9:15am meeting place at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles. After a quick equipment check, we will drive together to Lake Ozette. If taking a ferry across Puget Sound, the 7:10am Edmonds – Kingston ferry is your best bet. Please do not make plans on being home at an expected time on Sunday.

From the Topo route below 9.5 miles (plus optional 2 to 4 mile side trip south of Sand Point) 350 ft. elevation gain Download the Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop topographic map of our route.

Driving Directions From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 46 miles to the community of Sekiu. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Sekiu. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Drive 2.5 miles beyond Sekiu and turn left onto the Hoko-Ozette Road. Follow this paved road for 21 miles to the Ozette Ranger Station and trailhead. Water and restrooms available. Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.1536,-124.6679).

Note: while this trip is open to all club members, the focus of the trip will be instructional as it is also part of the Foothills Branch B3 Backpacking Series.
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