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Address: Olympic National Park, WA
Phone Number: 360-565-3130
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Even though we didn't make the coast it is lovely place to walk

Must start by saying we weren't able to complete the loop, or even (sadly) make it to the coast. I had pulled a muscle in my thigh and found walking up and down steps really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 14, 2015
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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

Must start by saying we weren't able to complete the loop, or even (sadly) make it to the coast. I had pulled a muscle in my thigh and found walking up and down steps really painful. The walk is on wood or metal boardwalk with many steps, so we had to give up about half way, as I didn't think... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This loop was my introduction to the coastal wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula in 1984. I have been back many times, almost yearly. Sometimes do the loop, sometimes hike in to Sand Point and then south past Yellow Banks and return, sometimes hike to Cape Alava and north to ford the Ozette river. But the discussion here is of the... More 

Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We started the loop on the northern leg, Alava trail, and we recommend this direction. The hike to the beach is easier from this direction, as is the hike back. Also, the rope climb on the beach (a pleasant surprise) is easier going from north to south, as well. We enjoyed the hike in the northern leg more than that... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The loop is a solid 3-4 hr hike, mostly on boardwalks and excellent trails. However, the 3-mile beach walk is somewhat difficult because on some parts you're walking on stones. The walk itself takes you through a wonderful variety of rainforest and open Pacific. From the beach you can hear the barking of sea lions. Do be sure that you... More 

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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

What a hike this turned out to be. The only thing we missed was the petroglyphs, but getting to the westernmost point of the U.S. was fun. The loop hike is fun, but can be challenging and taxing at times. If you go on lower tide like we did, it will be "easier". The first 3 miles we took was... More 

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Vienna, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Being from the East coast, we found this beach ecosystem totally fascinating. We ended up hiking almost 12 miles. Trails to/from the beach are incredibly well-maintained (they helicopter in the timber and gravel). The walk along the beach is rocky and much easier at low tide. Finding the Petroglyphs was more fun than we expected. Definitely do this hike.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

But it would have been better in the sun! We did the full 9 miles starting on the Cape Alava Trail and returning via Sand Point. The beach part is the toughest, particularly the first part nearest Cape Alava. Lots of fallen trees block the beach and pose a challenge. But not insurmountable. Go with a minus tide. Lots of... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Some people will tell you this is a 9.3 mile level loop. It all depends on your definition of level and what time you hit the beach. If you miss the tide you will have some very steep encounters. Getting over and through the sea logs can be an adventure if you are short-legged. Make sure you bring plenty of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

After reading other reviews we decided not to do the loop walk along the beach. Easy walk to the beach. The boardwalks were in good shape, with obvious stretches that were just updated. The beach was a nice spot to enjoy lunch and take a few pictures. We were concerned about the tide table, although we knew we were there... More 

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Cincinnati, OH
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

First of all, get a tide table and time the hike so that you are hiking the beach portion around low tide. My husband and I decided to hike the beach from south to north. The Sand Point Trail was mostly boardwalk, relatively flat, and well-maintained. It was a nice easy hike through the forest, and at the end opened... More 

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