CHS 2 Hike - Ozette Triangle

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Ozette Triangle

Quintessential Pacific Northwest coastal hike, a 9-mile loop through some of our best coastal terrain: beautiful, wild beaches, tough headland scrambles, our biggest natural lake (Ozette), and miles of boardwalk through gorgeous forests and marshes.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 350 ft

This hike is intended for Shi Shi Beach Cleanup participants. Though other CHSers are welcome, please consider joining the cleanup if you'd like to join us on this hike.

This hike is best done done at low tide, since parts of the beach are under water at high tide.

We will depart from Nature Bridge at 6:00 AM, so we can be at the trailhead at 7:30, and enjoy the beach and tide pools at minus tide, which is at 9:14 AM.

This is the quintessential Pacific Northwest coastal hike with some of the most interesting terrain that our coastal areas have to offer.  We will start at Lake Ozette and take the anti-clockwise route.

The first section to Cape Alava is a 3 mile boardwalk through the forest and some marshes.

We turn south at Cape Alava, to hike 3 miles southbound on the beach along the Pacific Coast. This section is spectacular, and some parts are challenging due to wet sand, slippery rocks, and driftwood consisting of very large trees. We'll explore some tide pools, the ancient petroglyphs at wedding rocks, and optionally, a short, steep scramble or two at some of the headlands that jut out into the ocean at high tide.

We're timing our hike to coincide with low tide on a minus-tide day. This will give us extra time to spend exploring and enjoying this remote and wild place, spectacular views of the wild ocean, as well as what the ocean throws out on the beaches. Hikers have previously found objects as varied as Japanese glass balls, to a complete whale skull.

With tidal worries behind us, we will spend an hour having lunch and enjoying prolonged beach frolic, weather permitting, at one of the most beautiful actual sandy beaches in our state, Sand Point. 

We will then turn east and return to the trailhead through the Sand Point trail, which is also a 3 mile boardwalk through the forest, and is the easiest section of the trail for our tired legs.


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

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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