Ozette Triangle


Backpack - Ozette Triangle

Experience the beauty and history of the Ozette Triangle on a three-day easy backpack trip, camping Saturday night at Cape Alava and Sunday night at Sand Point and visiting the Indian museum at Cape Alava and the ancient petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 100 ft
  • Pace: 2.0

Meet at 9 AM Saturday on the front porch of the Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC), 3002 Mt. Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362, reached from US 101 in Port Angeles by turning right at N Race St and continuing up the hill to the edge of town, where the WIC is on your right.

At the WIC the leader will pay the $8 per person per night camp fee for the entire group and pick up the permit and requested bear canisters.  Olympic National Park requires on the Olympic Coast that all food and other odor-emitting substances be secured at night in approved bear canisters.  If you do not bring your own, you will need to borrow one from the WIC, at no cost.  That will require you to repack your gear, because bear canisters must go inside your pack.  Before leaving the WIC, each person's camp fees will be collected in cash, so bring the right cash with you.

We will caravan from the WIC to the Port Angeles City Hall parking lot, 321 E Fifth St., Port Angeles, WA  98362 to consolidate cars, for those needing to do so there.  The drive from Port Angeles to the trailhead at Ozette will take 1.5  to 2 hours.  A National Park Pass must be displayed by each car parked in the parking lot there.  We'll have a trail lunch  at a picnic table near the trailhead, where nice restrooms are nearby, before starting our backpack in to Cape Alava.  This is also an opportunity to fill water bottles from a water faucet near the picnic table.

The three mile backpack into Cape Alava  usually takes about an hour and 15 minutes.  We will be camping under a forest canopy by the beach.  After setting up camp, we'll do a short stroll to the Indian museum and pick up firewood on the way back for our evening campfire., after dinner.  We'll have smores after dinner.

Sunday morning after breakfast, we will pack up camp and backpack south on the beach to Wedding Rocks, where wew have our trail lunch and look for petroglyphs.  Then we continue south on the beach to Sand Point, where we usually camp on the beach.  Campfires are not permitted there, but the magnificent views make up for it, including the view from the top of a hill at the tip of Sand Point.

Monday morning, after breakfast, we will pack up and hike the three miles to the trailhead parking lot. On the drive home, we'll have the option to stop at the Breakwater Restaurant in Clallam Bay for lunch. 

There are nice restrooms at the WIC, the Port Angeles City Hall, the traihead and the Breakwater Restaurant.  There are two outhouses at Cape Alava and two others at Sand Point.  There is a small store at the Lost Resort, near the trailhead parking lot, where anything you may have forgotten, including lunch food, can be purchased.


Ozette Triangle

  • Green Trails Ozette No. 130S

    Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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