Ozette Triangle

A moderate, 9.4 mile loop day hike with just 350 ft in elevation gain. The trail follows the Cape Alava and Sand Point Trails. You'll hike on a boardwalk through ancient forests to and from the ocean, with a walk along an Olympic Coast beach in between.

on the trail

With sea stacks, sea otters, sea lions, and ocean scenery for as far as you can see, the Ozette Triangle is one of the finest hikes on the Olympic Coast. Most of the way is via a cedar-planked boardwalk, convenient for traversing the saturated terrain but slippery during periods of rain. Follow the shoreline for 3.1 adventurous miles. Look out to offshore islands. Search the ocean waters for seals, whales, and scores of pelagic birds. Look in tidal pools. Look up in the towering trees hugging the shoreline for perched eagles. Search for Makah petroglyphs etched into the Wedding Rocks. On the second day, option to hike over two glorious miles of some of the finest sandy beaches in all of Washington.


  • Raccoons and squirrels are known to steal food so you are required to store your food in a bear canister, which you can rent at the Lake Ozette Ranger Station or at other park ranger stations.
  • No beach fires are permitted at Sand Point.
  • There are several group camp sites at both Sand Point and Cape Alava. An annual beach cleanup is held in late April.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft
  • 175 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Green Trails Ozette No. 130S
  • Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
  • Red Marker
    48.153747, -124.669454
    48.1537470514 -124.669454099
  • Red Marker
    48.125513, -124.709795
    48.1255126045 -124.709794522

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Ozette Triangle

Backpacking Trip
See spectacular coastal scenery, ancient Indian artifacts and petroglyphs on a loop backpack trip, camping
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, May 19, 2018 - Mon, May 21, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens May 7
Tacoma Branch

Day Hike - Ozette Triangle

Day Hiking Trip
Explore the Cape Alava Indian museum, the petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks and the viewpoint and
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Wed, Jul 4, 2018
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration opens Jun 18
Tacoma Branch
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