Ozette Triangle

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Stewardship - Ozette Triangle

Sand Point Beach Cleanup

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft

For the cleanup itself, we will meet at 0830 on 9-19-2015 at the Lake Ozette ranger station.

Directions to the ranger station and to the Lake Ozette campground from Port Angeles: Take hwy 101 to Sappho.  (Don't blink.  Sappho is just west of mile post 206 and bear creek and the Hungry Bear Cafe.)  At Sappho turn right onto hwy 113. Hwy 113 will merge into Hwy 112. Take Hwy 112 through Clallam Bay and past Sekiu. About 2.5 miles beyond Sekiu turn left on Hoko Ozette Road. Continue on Hoko Ozette Road to the ranger station at the end of the road. It will take about 2 hrs to get from Port Angeles to the ranger station. (Don’t be tempted to take a right on hwy 112 just out of Port Angeles – it is the sort-of-scenic-but-definitely-slow route.)

If you are using a GPS or Google Maps (or a similar mapping service), you can aim at 21261 Hoko-Ozette Road, Clallam Bay, Washington.

 

This activity is part of the annual International Coast Cleanup – a dedicated, focused effort by volunteers (never enough) to pick up debris from our coastal beaches. To learn more about the big picture, check out coastsavers.org. (There is no need to register at coastsavers.org; I register for the group.)

Our group will meet the evening of September 18 at the Lake Ozette campground OR at 0830 on September 19 at the Lake Ozette Ranger Station. Either way, on the morning of September 19, we will hike from the Ozette Ranger Station to Sandpoint (3 miles) (one leg of the Ozette triangle), pick up debris from the beach and then hike back to the ranger station.  Total distance will be between 7.5 miles and 8.5 miles.

Most of us will camp at the Lake Ozette campground the night of 9-18 (Friday). Camping is courtesy of the National Park Service since we are participating in the cleanup. (Of course, if you don’t want to camp, you can drive out the morning of the 9-19, but it’s a long drive.  Other options include staying at the Lost Resort, which is less than 1 mile from the Lake Ozette Ranger Station, or spending Friday night at a hotel in Sekiu and driving out to the ranger station on Saturday morning – about 45 minutes.)

Following the cleanup, we are invited to the Lost Resort for free bean soup – one of the ways Rob, the proprietor of the Lost Resort, contributes to the cleanup.  Some of us may choose to buy a beverage and / or pizza to go with the soup.

Folks are welcome to stay at the campground again on Saturday night (again free of charge) and those who do so may want to join me for a trip to Neah Bay on Sunday. (I plan on having breakfast at the Warm House Café, taking a hike out to Cape Flattery, and visiting the Makah Museum on Sunday.)  Sign up for the Cape Flattery hike separately.

Also, if you are a Mountaineer kayaker, we will go on a paddle on the afternoon of September 18; meet at the campground at 2 PM for the paddle. (I intend to be at campground by 130 or so to get my tent setup prior to the paddle.)  Sign up for the paddle separately.

There is potable water at the Lake Ozette campground; bring everything else you will need to camp and hike. (But keep your hiking gear to a minimum – enabling you to carry more trash.) For the hike itself, hiking boots* and clothing appropriate for the weather – stuff to keep you warm and dry - will be needed as will water and food. (*We will be walking over cedar boardwalks (possibly slippery), rock fields, and sandy beaches.  I prefer hiking boots because they give me good ankle support and traction.  Some folks like to wear gumboots – but they don’t give me adequate support.)

There are a few pieces of gear that are helpful to have -- but not necessary --  for the cleanup: A stout 6 or 8 inch fixed-blade knife (We often need to cut large diameter line), gardening gloves, and a pack board. Trash bags will be provided.

While any of the listed maps will be useful, I think the Seatrails map is the best for this activity.

This activity does earn one The Mountaineers' Stewardship Badge, which requires 8 hrs of stewardship / conservation work.

Please contact me at hohfern@gmail.com to let me know (1) if you are coming out on Friday or Saturday, (2) if you are joining me on the Sunday trek to Neah Bay, and (3) if you are kayaking with us on Friday, or if you have any questions.

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Route/Place

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

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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