Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Ozette Triangle

Field trip: Backpacking Building Blocks (B3) Course

Backpacking Building Blocks Student-Only Backpack - Ozette Triangle

3-day backpacking trip on the coast. A forest stroll over boardwalks will take us to gorgeous Sand Point where we will camp both nights. We will do a day hike to Wedding Rocks looking for the ancient petroglyphs while the tide is low, hoping to see some fauna in the tidepools. Preference will be given to Luis&Karla’s mentor group until April 30th, then open to all students.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 12.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 200 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2mph

Meeting place and time

We will meet at 12:00 PM at the Ozette Ranger Station ready to go. The road is in pretty good conditions.

National Park Pass required (a.k.a. America The Beautiful). Pit toilet available at the parking area.

Bear canisters are required to store your food and scented items. Ozette Ranger Station does not have bear canisters available.

The permits are $16 per person ($8/night). Please send payment prior to registration to avoid late cancellations/unused permits.

We will be hiking at a steady pace of about 1.5-2 mph with few breaks, as needed. We will stay together as a group and always be in view of each other.

When we get to the campsite, we will proceed to set up camp to secure some spots. After lunch, we may consider doing a short walk to the south before the headlands, and/or hike up the Sand Point viewpoint, to build up some appetite for dinner.

Sunday morning the plan is to do a day hike to Wedding Rocks while the tide is low. Fingers crossed we will find the petroglyphs! Although the hike to Wedding Rocks is short it musn’t be understated as we will be travelling on sand and slippery rocks.

We will try to round the headlands while the tide is low, but you must be ok with the possibility of going up to the headlands' trail on steep rock. The NPS leaves some ropes to help people get to the top.

On Monday, the plan is to start packing up camp after breakfast.

There’s a small creek where we will gather water, which will have a tea-stained appearance. This color is caused by the tannin leached from leaves. Please bring a filter! Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal streams and rivers, and iodine is ineffective against the former one. UV light purifiers will doubtly work because of the cloudiness.

There's an open-air privy at the campsite.

Sickness of the leader or inclement weather will cancel the trip, that is, constant precipitation that leads to 1 inch of rain per day, sustained high winds or wind gusts that make it dangerous having a tent close to trees. Keep an eye on the weather forecast for this area.


Ozette Triangle

  • Green Trails Ozette No. 130S

    Custom Correct Ozette Beach Loop

    Trails Illustrated Olympic National Park

    Green Trails Olympic Coast Beaches No. 99S
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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials, plus overnight gear as specified by the trip leader

Bear canister.

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