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.

Getting There

From Port Angeles, follow US-101 West to SR-112. Turn right, and follow SR-112 west to Sekiu. Turn left onto Hoko-Ozette Rd, and drive for 21 miles to the Ozette Ranger Station and trailhead.

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.


  • 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.

INFORMATION for leaders

scheduling & permits

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related and/or non-stewardship activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip or stewardship activity, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
  • Length: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • 220 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 20
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Ozette No. 130S
  • Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop
  • Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park
  • Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S

Upcoming Activities

Winter Break Camp - Olympia - 2022 - Ozette Triangle

Youth Youth activity: Winter Break Overnight - Olympia - 2022
We will spend the first part of winter break in the outdoors and backpacking!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Mon, Dec 19, 2022 - Wed, Dec 21, 2022
No Prerequisites
4 participants 1 instructor
Registration closes Dec 17
Olympia Branch

Backpack - Ozette Triangle

Backpacking & Family Trip
Bring your sand toys and marshmallows - a family friendly backpacking trip to Yellow Banks!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Thu, Apr 13, 2023 - Sun, Apr 16, 2023
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants
Registration closes Apr 11
Foothills Branch

Adventure Activity - Ozette Triangle

Youth Youth activity: Mini Mountaineers
Minis backpacking adventure to the coast!
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Aug 5, 2023 - Sun, Aug 6, 2023
No Prerequisites
10 participants on waitlist 3 chaperones on waitlist
Registration closes Aug 3
Tacoma Branch
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