Ozette Triangle Backpacking Trip on Washington's Pacific Coast
On a recent trip, sea lions barked from a rocky sea stack, otters frolicked in ocean waves and eagles sat watching from high perches above.
The Cape Alava Loop (Ozette Triangle) is two hikes in one: a forest stroll and a walk on the beach. Take the Cape Alava Trail out to the beach and back for a 6.2 mile hike, or continue south along the beach to connect up with the Sand Point Trail for a 9.4 mile loop.
Start your hike at Lake Ozette. At eight miles long and three miles wide, Lake Ozette is the largest unaltered natural lake in Washington. Cross the Ozette River on a beautiful arched bridge and away you go. At 0.25 mile, come to a trail junction and stay right—the trail to the left will be your return trail if you choose to make a complete loop.
Before long, your trail becomes a beautiful cedar boardwalk through dense forest of western redcedar, licorice ferns, salal, and other evergreen varieties. Use caution on the boardwalk if wet or icy, as the planks can occasionally become slippery. The elevated path gently meanders through the understory, gaining little elevation as you continue onward.
Pass through an area called Ahlstrom’s Prairie at 2.25 miles. This giant, soggy meadow was once farmed by two Swedish immigrants who filled the 160-acre bog with sheep, cattle, and vegetable gardens. Today, any evidence of the farming has given way to native plant and animal life.
The roar and smell of the ocean becomes unmistakable as you approach the wild coast of Cape Alava. At 3.3 miles, arrive at the beach and enjoy the views and creatures that live in this isolated place. Tskawahyah Island is not far off, standing as a giant rock guardian complete with freestanding trees adorning the top. Watch the winter sun sink lower in the sky and return the way you came, or head south to make a loop.
Turn left to head south along the beach, passing the ancient petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks. Bearing visions of whales, hunters, and sailing ships, these old petroglyphs were carved by ancestors of the Makah tribe using various tools, including rocks and bone.
Aside from being under legal protection, these remarkable features are culturally significant and important to the Makah tribe. Please respect them as you pass by.
From Wedding Rocks, hug the shoreline until you arrive at Sand Point, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the state. From there, look for a large disk indicating a trail near the woods. This is the return trail that will take you back to where you started. The complete loop totals 9.4 miles.
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Olympic National Park Washing ton State Beach Hike Day Two
Beach Hike From Rialto past Cape Johnson Olympic National Park Washington State
Olympic National Park is located in the U.S. state of Washington, in the Olympic Peninsula. The park can be divided into three basic regions: the Pacific coastline, the Olympic Mountains, and the temperate rainforest. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt originally created Olympic National Monument in 1909 and after Congress voted to authorize a redesignation to National Park status, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the legislation in 1938. In 1976, Olympic National Park became an International Biosphere Reserve, and in 1981 it was designated a World Heritage Site. In 1988, almost all of the Olympic Peninsula was designated as the Olympic Wilderness, further enhancing the protection of the region.
The coastal portion of the park is a rugged, sandy beach along with a strip of adjacent forest. It is 73 miles (117 km) long but just a few miles wide, with native communities at the mouths of two rivers. The Hoh River has the Hoh people and at the town of La Push at the mouth of the Quileute River live the Quileute. 
The beach has unbroken stretches of wilderness ranging from 10 to 20 miles (16 km to 32 km). While some beaches are primarily sand, others are covered with heavy rock and very large boulders. Bushy overgrowth, slippery footing, tides and misty rain forest weather all hinder foot travel. (Times to hike should typically be doubled.) The coastal strip is more readily accessible than the interior of the Olympics; due to the difficult terrain, very few backpackers venture beyond casual day-hiking distances.
Subalpine Fir in meadow on Hurricane Ridge.
The most popular piece of the coastal strip is the 9-mile (14 km) Ozette Loop. The Park Service runs a registration and reservation program to control usage levels of this area. From the trailhead at Lake Ozette, a 3-mile (4.8 km) leg of the trail is a boardwalk-enhanced path through near primal coastal cedar swamp. Arriving at the ocean, it is a 3-mile walk supplemented by headland trails for high tides. This area has traditionally been favored by the Makah from Neah Bay. The third 3-mile leg is enabled by a boardwalk which has enhanced the loop's popularity.
There are thick groves of trees adjacent to the sand, which results in chunks of timber from fallen trees on the beach. The mostly unaltered Hoh River, toward the south end of the park, discharges large amounts of naturally eroded timber and other drift, which moves north, enriching the beaches. The removal of driftwood - logs, dead-heads, tops and root-wads from streams and beaches was a major domestication measure across North America. Even today driftwood deposits form a commanding presence, biologically as well as visually, giving a taste of the original condition of the beach viewable to some extent in early photos. Drift-material often comes from a considerable distance; the Columbia River formerly contributed huge amounts to the Northwest Pacific coasts.
The smaller coastal portion of the park is separated from the larger, inland portion. President Franklin D. Roosevelt originally had supported connecting them with a continuous strip of park land.
La Push is a small unincorporated community in Clallam County, Washington, United States. It is home to the Quileute Native American tribe and is located along the Quileute River. La Push is known for its surfing and whale-watching, as well as natural beauty. One of the main attractions of La Push is the Ocean Park Resort along James Beach. It is also a tourist attraction for many fans of the book series Twilight by Stephenie Meyer, as a large part of the series is located in La Push.
The name La Push is an infusion of the French la bouche, meaning mouth, into Chinook Jargon. It describes the town's location at the mouth of the river.
La Push is home to the westernmost ZIP Code in the Contiguous United States, 98350.
Ozette Triangle - Olympic National Park - July 9, 2018
A 9.4 mile dayhike from the Lake Ozette Trailhead, starting with a 3 mile trip on the Sand Point Trail to the ocean, followed by a 3.1 mile walk northbound on the beach to Cape Alava. The 3.1 mile Cape Alava Trail returns to the trailhead at Lake Ozette.
Driving directions: From Port Angeles, head west on Highway 101 for about 4.5 miles. Turn right to continue west on Highway 112 for 38 miles. Turn right to continue on 112 west towards Neah Bay. Continue for 10.5 miles, turning left on Hoko Ozette Road. Follow this road for 21.2 miles to the ranger station and trailhead.
Pacific Northwest Trail: Olympic Coast: Ozette Area, Sand Point: The Yak
Advice hiking along the Pacific Coast, (Olympic Coast backpacking) in Washington State with The Yak. Features Pacific Northwest Trail Sand Point, Ozette Island, Rock Carvings, Deer, Forest, Hikers.
West Coast - Washington Olympic National Park backpacking solo
Short movie of a 4 days solo backpacking trip in June 2018 into the Olympic National Park.
Deer Lake Trail - Olympic National Park - Washington State - United States
Here are highlights of the Deer Lake Trail in Olympic National Park in Washington State. From the Sol Duc trailhead at the north side of the park, the trail climbs 1,640 feet in elevation as it follows the Sol Duc River and Canyon Creek. This trail has many wonderful waterfalls including the iconic, three prong Sol Duc Falls. After 3.4 miles one arrives at beautiful Deer Lake in a wooded basin in the transition zone from montane to subalpine forest. Deer lake is at an altitude of 3,522 feet.
For this backpacking trip I was joined by my brother, Bill O'Leary and his future spouse, Laura Covington.
The trip was enjoyable and truly memorable.
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Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop
In this video, we're on top of a hill overlooking the Sand Point are of the Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop Trail:
Exploring the Olympic Peninsula
Teresa and I drive around the HWY 101 loop. We day hike to cape flattery and Ozette triangle Ruby beach and Hoh rain forest.
Deer Lake - Olympic National Park - Washington State - United States
This video presents highlights camping at Deer Lake in Olympic National Park. I was accompanied by my brother, Bill O'Leary and his future spouse, Laura Covington. As you will note in this video we had perfect weather for camping. This park is located in Washington State.
This lake is so picturesque, and serene. Every directions presents a memorable scene.
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Washington's Olympic Peninsula
The Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding is located on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State, a unique natural biome of the world. Surrounded by water on three sides, the Peninsula is a haven for people interested in marine activities such as boating and fishing. Mossy rain forests create native habitat for a host of wild animals.
Home to the Olympic National Park, the peninsula attracts visitors from around the world. Natural wonders include the Olympic Mountains and the Olympic National Forest.
pacific-oceanThe Peninsula has some of the most pristine Pacific Ocean beaches in the United States. You can visit Lake Ozette near the coast and take a day hike out to the beaches where you will see sand as well as logs, estuaries and sea stacks.
Tribal communities include Neah Bay, Elwah and Jamestown S'Klallam Tribes, who participate each year in the annual Canoe Journey. The Olympic Culinary Loop and local Wineries provide special events and tours that will satisfy everyone's taste for fine food and beverages.
Olympic National Park Washington Beach Hike Day Five
Olympic National Park PART1, Seattle Wa
A quote from the website Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day's exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like many magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its different faces! go to their website at This video includes, Bald Eagle, bunny rabbit, and some Elk, oh and a slimey slug. Lots of natural rainforest shots, waterfalls, and amazing mountain scapes. This place should be included in the wonders of the world. We got to live really close to this place for 6 months, we where very lucky.
Top 10 Family Friendly Trails Western Washington
More Trails GPS + Video: botnw.com
Western Washington is rich with adventure for families of all types.
To get started, here are ten of our favorite family-friendly trails.
GPS + Video Guide:
1. Discovery Park Outer Loop Trail: Ask a Seattleite what the biggest most spectacular park in the city is chances are they will reply “Discovery” without missing a beat.
With dramatic open vistas from the south bluffs, descending the winding trails, through the woods to the rocky beach the Outer Loop Trail has it all.
2. Point Defiance Perimeter Loop Trail: Busy beaches to quiet secluded forest, old growth trees, high bluffs and spectacular Puget sound views; you will see them all on the outer loop trail.
3. Barclay Lake Trail: A short tree covered streamside hike to Barclay lake is a perfect diversion for little legs with a refreshing dip under the massive Mount Baring as the reward.
4. Twin Falls: Accessible from two directions, the Twin falls trail follows along the South Fork of the Snoqualmie River to the dramatic bridge-crossing viewpoint.
5. Iron Goat Trail: This historical gateway is a wonderful outing for scenery and deepening appreciation of the perseverance of the thousands of workers that forged the passage through this section of the Cascades.
6. Lake Dorothy Trail: Abundant with great swimming and some prime campsites. Lake Dorothy is a popular destination for these very reasons.
7. Blue Lake Trail: Steep in places but well graded this moderate hike arrives at beautiful North Cascades alpine Blue Lake.
8. Ozette Triangle Trail: The classic Ozette Triangle with three stretches of trail boardwalk to beaches and forest connects the loop at the western most point in the continental United States.
9. Deception Pass Trails: With jaw dropping views around nearly every corner, this spectacular seaside route travels across tide pools, beaches, bridges and bluffs.
10. Greenwater Lakes Trail: Multiple river crossings, side waterfalls, massive trees and dramatic views down the Greenwater River gorge make this an engrossing hike for the entire family.
So the next time greet a Saturday morning with a sense of adventure and ask yourself what in the world are we going to do today? Remember, the trails await!
The next two steps are up to you.
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Ozette Lake, Olympic National Park, WA
Wonderful views of the lake from a canoe in front of our cabin and waterfront inside the Olympic National Park at Ozette Lake. The water was so warm, and the lake so quiet. Watch;and see can see the clarity of the water - you can easily see to the bottom, even as far as we had gone towards the center of the lake.
tcls Olympic National Park Part 2 July 2018
Trip to West-Canada & Northwest USA
day 6 Olympic National Park
Cape Flattery Trail - Washington State - June 2015
Olympic National Park - hiking trip July 21-25, 2018
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Hiking Trip to Washington State Olympic Mountains
Family trip to Washington. We were all over the state during our eight days there. This video shows our first day in Seattle and our three day hiking trip afterwards via Just Roughin' It.
Music: Alt-J - Dissolve Me
All footage captured with a Contour Roam.
7.5 MINUTE Trails - Cape Alava - Sand Point Loop Trail
This very popular and easy trail is located in the Olympic National Park on Washington's rugged Pacific coast. In just 7.5 (seven and a half) minutes, you'll hike with me from the parking lot, to the coast, down the beach and back to the parking lot. This is just one of many 7.5 MINUTE trails available at WWW.MarkWhitesell.Com. When you've enjoyed this sample, come to my website and check out the rest of my videos, available in much more clarity on DVD.
Short hiking in Mt Baker, Washington state, US
Short hiking in Mt Baker, Washington state, US
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