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Ozette Loop

 

Notices:

  • As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.
  • Pets, use of weapons, and wheeled devices are prohibited on coastal beaches and trails.
  • Reservations are required for overnight camping between May 1 and September 30.
  • Campfires are prohibited between the headland north of Yellow Banks and the headland at Wedding Rocks. This includes Sand Point.
  • Do not gather firewood from the forested areas; use driftwood only! There is little or no driftwood at Cape Alava during the summer season. Utilize existing fire rings or build fires on the beach to prevent damage to tree roots.
  • Contact the WIC at 360-565-3100 for information about trailhead shuttles.
 

Description

Ecosystem type: Coastal Forest and Ocean Beach
Trail tread types: Well maintained - boardwalk
General elevation trend: Flat with steep overland trails
River crossings: None
Unique features: Boardwalks, wilderness coast, petroglyphs, bald eagle viewing
Level of difficulty: Easy
Distance: 9.0 miles
Elevation change: Sea level to 100 ft.
Best Season: April through October

 

Camping

Permits/Reservations: Reservations are required for camping in the Ozette area between May 1 and September 30. In the Off-season, permits can be picked up at the WIC in Port Angeles.
Group Size Restrictions: Groups are limited to no more than 12 people. Associated groups of more than 12 must camp and travel at least 1 mile apart and may not combine at any time in a group of more than 12. Associated groups must also camp in separate camp areas like Cape Alava and Sand Point.

Food Storage Method: As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

Campsites: Primary destinations are Sand Point and Cape Alava. Click on links for maps.

Toilet Facilities: Pit toilets are available at Sand Point and Cape Alava. In other areas bury waste 6-8" deep and 200' from campsites and water sources.

Water Source: Creeks at Sand Point and Cape Alava. Most coastal water sources have a tea-stained appearance. The light tan color originates from tannin leached from leaves. Cryptosporidium and giardia exist in coastal streams and rivers; therefore, always filter or boil water. Iodine is ineffective against cryptosporidium.

Stock: Prohibited on all park beaches and beach trails.

 
 

Special Concerns

Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent more stringent camping regulations from being imposed. Camp in pre-existing sites or on sand to prevent damage to vegetation.
Campfires: To protect coastal forests, please burn only driftwood. Open fires are prohibited between the headland north of Yellow Banks and the headland at Wedding Rocks; which includes the Sand Point area.
Wildlife Precautions: Due to the ingenuity of raccoons and other wildlife in obtaining human food, as of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored, overnight and when unattended, in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.

 
Safety

When traveling along the coast:

  • Know the tides.
  • Bring a map and a tide chart to plan your route.
  • Be prepared to hike over headland trails during high tides. Some headlands cannot be rounded during the lowest of tides.
  • When camping on the beach, camp above high tide water line.
 
Bears Canisters
Raccoons can easily get food bags hung in trees. Always store all food garbage and scented items in bear canisters on the coast.
 
Illegal Food Storage at Cape Alava
Illegal food storage like this can result in raccoons raiding your campsite and getting into tents and packs. They can easily climb trees to get to food bags. Always store all food, garbage and scented items in bear canisters.
Sarah Bouska, NPS
 
A tree that was hacked by campers for firewood
Careless campfire builders wounded this tree at Cape Alava. This type of damage necessitated the campfire closure at Sand Point. Do your part to respect and protect wild coastal forests by obeying campfire regulations!
Sarah Bouska, NPS
 
View north from Sand Point
View north from Sand Point
Bryan Bell, NPS
 
Cape Alava at Sunset
Cape Alava at Sunset
NPS

Did You Know?

white flower

Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.