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Ozette Triangle Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Sekiu, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 9.4 mi Elevation gain 538 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Nature trips Bird watching Running Beach Cave Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble No dogs
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Getting There

Small fee to park at trailhead. Overnight camping requires a backcountry camping permit, available at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles

Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center 3002 Mount Angeles Rd Port Angeles, WA 98362 Tel:360.565.3100

From Port Angeles, E 5 miles on US 101 to Highway 112. Right (west) for 49 miles to Hoko/Ozette Lake Rd. Left for 21 miles to the trailhead at Ozette Lake. There is a $15 fee for car entrance.

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Gerardo Paleo
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Gerardo Paleo
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Mira Vane
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Pretty interesting trail. Not too crowded, probably due to the air quality right now; only saw 3 or 4 couples throughout the trail. The beach bit had a ton of seaweed washed up, so the bugs were plentiful but thankfully only interested in the seaweed and carcasses that had also washed ashore. And there were quite a few of them. Huge dead sea lion, at least a week dead judging by the state of decomposition, then some smaller seal carcasses throughout, one fairly fresh one, and a couple that have been just about picked clean. Kind of morbid if you're the delicate sort and not into finding bones on your hikes. The smell is very beachy too, so be prepared. It was low tide when we went so we didn't need to use the alternate routes, but they're clearly marked and some have rope to help you ascend and descend on the other side. Plenty of neat little camping spots along the beach with benches around previous campfires and rope swings. All makeshift, so they have a very "castaway" feel. Overall entertaining with lots to explore. Only reason I gave one less star is the condition of the boardwalk on one of the legs of the triangle is very poor. Boards have rotted out and collapsed, and the ones that are still in place feel very flimsy, so watch your footing very carefully.

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Dee McNay
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HikingRocky

I really liked this hike. Yes the initial beach(Cape Alava -Wedding Rocks) is rocky and you need to watch the tides. But its well laid out and if you take some time you can see the petroglyphs and beauty in this place. Sure, It is full of seaweed that make it smell a bit and a huge amount of sand fleas frequent the beach that are annoying but look past all that and really look at what it is. Get down to Sand Point and on a beautiful white sand beach and explore. Then head back into the forest byway of a huge berry patch full of solel and huckleberry. Be careful there are some broken boards on this part of the boardwalk. I enjoyed every second...well except the smoke part.

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Lisa Campe
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The beach part is incredibly long and full of rubble, I’m not sure why nobody mentions the incredible amount of flies and the smell. Honestly, the forest walks on both sides are really nice, but the beach portion ruined it for me. I’m so glad I didn’t end my weekend with this hike.

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Liz Wolter
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Great hike with lots of boardwalks, a long beach walk (be warned, lots of flies), fun crabs and a beautiful forest.

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Paula Davidson
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First things first, the three sand miles are long and very unclear. Please read this and make better choices than me. There are three markers on the sand. The first two mark spots to climb over the bluff in the case of high tide. However, you’ll be climbing on rocks and sand regardless of the tide. The views were alright, but not worth the level of hype that I had seen around this trail. The third marker is the end and you’ll be done with the trial by then. You need to keep walking until there isn’t sand to walk on, so in short, you’re not close to the end until you’re pretty sure the length you’ve just hiked is actually ridiculous. I’m a decently fit 24 y/o who saw younger and older groups walking and I’m honestly miffed, because this was an experience for me. I’d suggest walking down to the beach and turning around from there, you’re not missing much. If you do choose to hike this trail you can knock it out in 4 hours and move on with your life. Make sure to have a nice recovery trail the next day to soften your frustrated heart.

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Ara Swanson
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BackpackingGreat!Rocky

Loved all of it, especially the variety of forest to rocky beaches to sand. We didn’t see the bears, but we definitely saw their fresh track on the sand! This was a fantastic backpack, and a great first backpack for our kids (ages 6 and 9). The beach section was challenging, but we took our time and were glad to have packed trekking poles for extra balancing on the rocks. Note that one of the privies at Cape Alava was out of order, and the other privy was only really accessible from the beach, and was just nearly being overtaken by the meadow/marsh. It was functional, but just barely. Campsites at Cape Alava also felt somewhat close together, although we were one of the last to snag a spot for the night. Campsites at Sand Point were much more plentiful, and private! Many folks also opted to camp along the gorgeous sand beach, on the south side of the point. The giant beach was honestly a total surprise! If we had been more prepared, we might have packed more beachy things. We utilized one of the privies here, and it too, was functional but worse for wear. The Park Service issued stern warnings about not leaving waste (poop or TP), but the backcountry privies are not well maintained, so it’s no wonder people avoid them. As others have noted, the water is tinged brown from tannins, but taste fresh and great (properly filtered, of course).

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r h
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Delayed review for late July hike. This hike had everything. Magical forest boardwalks, beach mama bear with cubs, giant fallen trees, a cute snake, petroglyphs and then more forest boardwalks. We found maybe 7 or 8 of the petroglyphs with some serious time spent searching. If you, like me, try to tell your hiking partner that the carved ovals with lines in them must be leaves or maybe clams, while they are telling you that no they are certainly… lady parts, please know that your hiking partner is correct. Ancient vulvas everywhere! Although there is no substitute for Shi Shi, with the Makah access closed, this was a really fun alternative.

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Walt S
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HikingGreat!

Exciting and rewarding, this trail traverses across several different ecosystems from coastal to rainforest. The beach part can certainly get technically difficult due to fallen trees and washed up seaweed, but one can manage around the rocks with patience and a keen eye. Be mindful that this track maybe blocked during high tide. Saw a black bear snacking on the beach (How awesome is that? The highlight of our hike!), a dead walrus or large seal, and lots of avarian and tide pool creatures.

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Bree Watkins
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BackpackingFeeGreat!

Stunning trail with lots of boardwalk. Beautiful rock formations to explore. The trail is well maintained and people were polite. We loved exploring this area.

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Matt Schindler
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Michael Cullinan
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Arianna Kupras
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Such an incredibly beautiful trail! Really well maintained forest trails with raised board walk planks. The beach section is pretty rocky so I’d recommend some sturdy footwear. We saw some deer on the coastal section that appeared really accustomed to human traffic so keep a wide berth! It is lengthy along the coastline, so pack some snacks and a good amount of water!

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Keoni Shope
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Nature tripsGreat!

what a perfect day! Sunny warm and no bugs! Found a bunch of awesome petroglyphs along the 3 miles of beach. Had lunch in a shady spot and admired the other hikers having a great day. i love this place

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Christy Pomeroy
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This trail seems like a great idea because there are so many terrains to see, but the beach is a long distance hike that stinks and is covered in slippery rocks. You can hike above the rock line, but there is no sand, just pebble-sized rocks that push out with every step and make walking a real chore. The other two legs of the walk are mostly elevated boardwalks through dense vegetation. There are so many beautiful hikes in the area, don't waste your time on this one.

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Keoni Shope
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Roger Hicks
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HikingGreat!

Nice easy hike and nice beach to explore. Boardwalks could use some repairs so watch for broken boards. North leg of triangle is a bit more up and down with lots of stairs vs south leg that is more flat but with more board walking. Beach trail is kind of difficult in north section with lots of rocks and trees to navigate. Saw lots of washed up nets and floats and a few old tires. Not too many plastic bottles. Petroglyphs were not as easy to see as we expected. Should have packed in with more water since the streams at the north and south points of the triangle are the only places to stop for water which is rather tannic but did not taste that bad.

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Ciera Edison
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7/23-7/24 We completed the Ozette triangle as my first backpacking trip! The Cape Alava Trail was super neat hiking through the woods (lots of bugs but Off did the trick). Once we reached the ocean we began traveling south (everything north of Cape Alava is currently closed). The northern beach section of the triangle was rocky/sandy with some tree obstacles you had to go over or around. We camped on the north side of Wedding Rocks. In the morning we continued south around wedding rocks where we found petroglyphs! The remainder of the beach section was sand and more challenging to walk in with a 40 pound pack. We reached the sand point trail and walked the remaining 3 miles of the triangle back to the Ozette ranger station. The sand point trail is gorgeous and the majority of it is elevated. There was a lot of broken boards but not hard to step/jump over the holes. Wildlife we encountered on this trip included multiple Bald Eagles, tons of Harbor seals hauled out in the early morning low tide, 1 river otter foraging in the tide pool, and a pair of King Fishers. All in all this was a fantastic hike and a great one for a first time backpacker!

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Tom New
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Walked counterclockwise on 7/20/2020 with great weather. The boardwalk sections were fast moving and not slick, but the beach section involves some loose sand sections that is slower going. We started around 8:30 and got back around 4:00, with a long lunch, and several stops along the way. We saw other people about every 30 minuets throughout the day on average. This is a great all day hike through spectacular forest and along a picturesque coastline that for us slowly transformed from a series of tide pools to a shallow reef as the tide came in. We saw 3 eagles, 1 hawk, 2 otter, and a bear with 2 cubs. Expected the petroglyphs to be more obvious than they were and only saw a few of them, so if that’s important to you I recommend really paying attention on how to spot them before your on the beach.

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Valya Shu
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It’s so beautiful trail. Forest and beach hiking. It took 4,5 hours with stops for photos. 30$ entrance fee, so better to have park pass (80$ for a year) or at least you should have a pen to fill up the entrance form (it was really a problem for us, thanks guys who gave us a pencil). Also very important!!! You can find Wedding Rocks there with super old petroglyphs. We didn’t know about it and missed it(

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Patricia Arean
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After our Third Beach backpacking fail (dee post July 18) we headed here and I gotta say turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Beautiful beach hike, not to strenuous (some downed trees and rocks to scramble around) lots of camping available, saw mamma bear and her two cubs, sea otters, eagles and deer.

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Sarah Heeney
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This hike was a better way to see the Olympic coast (in my opinion) than driving the southern sections by ruby beach because you cut out a lot of excess visitors. I enjoyed the beach a lot, it is rocky, full of tide pool creatures, and smelly (in honesty). We saw tons of deer, bald eagles, and some seals on a rock towards Sand point. The campsites along the beach are not all created equal... some are stunning and well-kept, others kind of yucky. The sad part about this stretch of beach is that the current ocean current/tides (not a biologist here... oops) are bringing HEAPS of trash onto the shores. Plastic, straws, pretty much every kind of trash imaginable. Saw more than 1 decaying sea lion carcass. I can’t imagine that people are bringing this much trash down and leaving it on the beach so it must be something with the currents. Very sad, but an illuminating situation if you want to really see how plastic affects our oceans.

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HE W
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Anticlimactic. The wooded part of this hike is beautiful - ferns and thick floor growth you'd expect of a wetter forest, lush green everywhere. Admittedly the wooded part is 2/3 of the hike, but the portion along the beach leaves just about everything you'd expect from a beach wanted. Thick seaweed everywhere, which by itself isn't a problem but the whole beach, for 3 miles, smells horrifically (don't know the smell well enough to say what it is - some hints of sulfer, definitely rotting in character, and while it wanes in parts it is very potent in some and never quite leaves). Most of the portion of this hike that takes you along the beach isn't very close to the water anyway, so don't anticipate the beauty of the crashing waves near you. Rocks of all sizes and lots of driftwood means you're going to spend a good portion of your time scrambling, and you better hope the proprioception in your ankles is good. Lots of fog but I don't know whether that's the norm - nonetheless keeps you from being able to see much of the water or beach. Hard to walk very far without seeing trash (though thanks to those who walk through and pick it up!). I say 'anticlimactic' because as you approach the beach, you get that sea salted air, breeze, bit of the shrouding mist that adds some incredible optical effects, sound of the waves getting louder as you approach the water (on the South side, anyway), and you anticipate a continuation of the sort of wild but serene you've been surrounded by for the last 3 miles. It was a wasteland. If the Triangle was only the forrested part, I'd give it at least 4 (4.5?) stars, but the beached part of this hike was really just that bad.

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Anzela Niraula
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The two sides of the triangle are rich with luscious greenery. The northbound trail was interspersed with occasional grassland terrain. The southbound trail had plenty of moss carpet on the trees, and amazing, elaborate moss takeover all over! Oh, and we saw a bear, a deer with fawn, and a dead sea lion!

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Mark A
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2/3 is in the woods but the 1/3 on the beach is stunning scenery. Saw a black bear and her cubs on the beach at the southern point of the triangle. Deer, eagles and other wildlife along the beach. Time your trip with low tide if you want to stay on the beach the whole way, though there are overland trails you can take if needed.

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