Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop Backpack – May 18-19, 2013

Mountaineers overnight backpack to Cape Alava. An amazing trip with no rain despite weather forecasts of 80% chance of constant rain. A family of deer walked on the beach and through our camp at Cape Alava.

Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Linda Kuramoto (co-leader), Matt Hartgraves, Andrea Silvas, Candy Kreger, Bobbie Laue, Jane Warren and Michiko McAndrew.

Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop Backpack – May 18-19, 2013 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

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Reference: Green Trails Ozette No. 130S Day Hiking: Olympic Peninsula, by Craig Romano, No. 123 Ozette Triangle: Cape Alava – Sand Point Loop.

With sea stacks, sea otters, sea lions, and ocean scenery for as far as you can see, the 9.4-mile Ozette Triangle is one of the finest hikes on the Olympic Coast. Easily accessible and a loop hike, the Triangle (named for the loop’s shape) is a perfect introduction to America’s wildest coastline south of Alaska. You won’t be alone on this section of wilderness beach, however, for Ozette’s admirers are legion. But there’s plenty of room, and if you venture this way on a winter weekday you might just find yourself alone with the harlequin ducks.

Driving Directions
From Port Angeles follow US 101 west for 5 miles to the junction with State Route 112. Turn right (west) on SR 112, continuing for 46 miles to the community of Sekiu. (Alternatively, take US 101 to Sappho and drive SR 113 north to SR 112 and then on to Sekiu. This way is longer, but not as curvy.) Drive 2.5 miles beyond Sekiu and turn left onto the Hoko-Ozette Road. Follow this paved road for 21 miles to the Ozette Ranger Station and trailhead. Water and restrooms available.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (48.1536,-124.6679)
National Park Pass required. Overnight camping permit required.

Hiking Stats:
9.74 miles, 500 ft. gain, 8 hrs 20 min.

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