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“Sand Point and Cape Alava are great, beach hike between a tiresome slog” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ozette Loop Hike

Ozette Loop Hike
Olympic National Park, WA
360-565-3130
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Type: Hiking Trails, Sports
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Midwest USA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Sand Point and Cape Alava are great, beach hike between a tiresome slog”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

Started the trip at Cape Alava first. The boardwalk was in very good shape (thank you NPS), only one small mud pit on the path. Tskawahyah Island is dramatic and accessible. North of the island the breakers roll into a lovely sandy bay. Sea anemones abound on the rocks.

Sand Point was where sea lions could be heard barking that day. They are far from the beach, so bring binoculars to see them. There is a sort of rock pier where starfish can reliably be seen. And there is sandy beach where you can wade in the Pacific.

The hike between the two beaches is difficult, because of all the trees that have blown down across the beach. This forces you to walk out into the intertidal zone to get around the trees. It can only be done at low tide, and even then it's not a sandy or pebbly footing, but sharp rock or rounded boulders that are slick and treacherous. I wore sturdy hiking boots but wished for poles also, as I slipped. It took me 2+ hours to go 3 miles. Not a pleasant walk along the beach at all. Several people made the trek with backpacks on, but they found it tiresome and slow.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles
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61 reviews 61 reviews
14 attraction reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Must do hike in ONP”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Hiked the Sandy Point trial with my DH, 7 and 9 year olds. Easy trail. Drizzled the whole way, so the boardwalk was super slippery. However, only two other people on the trail and saw three bald eagles at the point. We had the beach to ourselves. Next time, we plan to hike the loop with Cape Alava. We've hiked everywhere from Peru to Costa Rica to Belize. And this was just as beautiful.

Visited June 2013
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Seattle, WA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Sunset & Stars...Ahhhh”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

On a clear weekend the stars and sunset are unbeatable. Loop is 9 miles, in 3 mile segments. We camped at Cape Alava, where you can build beach fires. The offshore sea lion colony is a bit loud, but their barking is continuous so it just starts to blend with the other noises.
We hiked the Sandpoint trail first and then the beach to Cape Alava. The 3 mile beach hike can be a bit challenging depending on how much your pack weighs...I figured since the trail was flat, I could carry extra load (read beer) and paid the price - Yes it was worth it! Nice weekend, bear caninsters are mandatory as are camp permits can be picked from the Port Angeles ranger station. Permit reservations recommended.

Visited May 2013
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Tacoma, Washington
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Great hike from lake to the shore”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2013

Take your walking sticks, water, camera and your imagination. Recommend for all ages. Nothing too difficult about the trail.

Visited March 2013
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Seattle, WA
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10 attraction reviews
Reviews in 42 cities Reviews in 42 cities
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
“a hike even for non-hikers”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2012

I just did the Sand Point portion of this hike, out and back, three miles each way. I am SO not the hiking type, but I made it, and it was worth it! The trail is mostly reasonably well-maintained (watch out for the occasional rotted plank). It's beautiful, and very peaceful. The beach is pretty, with lots of driftwood and sea birds. I sat for a long while and listened to sea lions barking off in the distance, and watched the fog drifting around the rocks offshore.

If you're young and fit, feel free to snicker at the following, or just ignore it--but if you're older and not in such great shape, it's information you may want to know. Be sure to wear sturdy shoes with good, non-slip soles--the trail will be wet even if it hasn't rained for days. Do be aware that the trail is not entire flat--there are some ups and downs, and a lot of steps--not in steep staircases, but still, a lot of places where you have to step up or down several inches, and in a couple of places where the boardwalk has failed, a foot or more (hard on short legs or creaky knees). The boardwalks are narrow and have no rails--if you need to pass someone, it can be a squeeze. And if you need to sit down and rest from time to time, you'll want to take advantage of the occasional fallen trees when you find them, because there aren't a lot within reach of the path. It probably took me a little under two hours each way. But if I made it there and back, you probably can, too!

Visited August 2012
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