DISTANCE
8.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
748 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
3 months ago

The Cape Alava Trail is a mostly level hike through a varied old growth/second growth forest with interesting open "prairies" of stunted forest growing in bogs. In August the prairies were actually hot and humid on the return hike. Much of the trail is a boardwalk owing to the muddiness of the forest floor. Payoff is arriving at the coast and Wedding Rocks with some interesting petroglyphs. Most use this trail to backpack north on the coastal trail to Point of Arches, but Lake Ozette is a great secluded camping area itself, especially if you bring canoes/kayaks. Get there early, there are only about a dozen first-come campsites at the lake.