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“Sparsely Touched Pacific Ocean Beaches”
Review of Ozette Loop Hike

Ozette Loop Hike
Reviewed June 28, 2012

Hike 3 miles through rain forest terrain to get to variety of pristine ocean beaches. Head north to rocky canon ball beach, head south to sandy beaches; either direction offers tidal pools of sea life. These beaches are only enjoyed by people willing to hike the 3 miles or can afford to be flown in by plane.

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Reviewed June 24, 2012

My husband and I do this hike every year. It is worth the long drive to reach lake Ozette. We always choose to stay on the Cape Alava side because we enjoy collecting drift wood and having fires. You cant have fire on the sand point side. If you get a chance you need to add this hike to your must see list.

2  Thank Swimmy128
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Reviewed June 22, 2012

A 9 mile trail with almost 6 miles being on boardwalk (lots of steps!) Starts near Lake Ozette with a bridge crossing over Ozette River. SandPoint or Cape Alava the two main camping areas on beach. Some interesting geology with the almost perfect round "cannonball" rocks near Cape Alava. Halfway between these two points is Wedding Rocks which is home to ancient petroglyphs.
Good for overnight trip to hike in campsite on beach or just a good dayhike as well. See:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0FV5raUwneM
for pics/videos of hike.

5  Thank cedarview2
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

As a Boy Scout, I hiked these trails several times in my youth, and once as an adult when I returned with my own family. I have lots of great memories of the lake and ocean.

Sand Point: this is probably the easiest leg of the trail, on mostly level boardwalk through forest, with a few clearings where you will be in direct sunlight. When you hear the ocean and smell the salt air, you'll know you're getting close. The foliage around the campsites is more overgrown than I remembered (not surprising given the 25 years between my visits), but otherwise things were as I recalled. You can camp right at the trailhead by the ocean, or if you'd like a bit more privacy, there are camping spots a bit further down (south) the beach, on the small bluffs overlooking the beach. A few miles down the beach you'll find the trailhead to Ericson's Bay, which is a small campsite on Lake Ozette only reachable by boat or by hiking out to the ocean. The beach at Ericson's was nice and sandy, and is a nice spot, although there are only a couple of sites and they are first-come first-served.

Cape Alava: the hike on this leg is a bit longer than to Sand Point, and has a long stretch through an open meadow (Ahlstroms Prairie), but otherwise is similar to its southern counterpart. Just north of the trailhead is the Native American village that was buried in a mud slide thousands of years ago and was excavated back in the 70's I think. The site is closed down, but you can look at it from the beach. The tide pooling is better at Cape Alava than Sand Point, and even more so if you make the two mile hike north along the ocean to the mouth of the Ozette River (as always check the tide charts!). Our scout troop made two hikes out to the river, and I recall the tide pools near the river mouth to be incredible.

4  Thank dunadan
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Reviewed January 31, 2012

This is a great loop hike that gives you an opportunity to experience of all the best of the Washington coastal areas.

Thank savoryfaire
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