Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ozette Loop, Olympic National Park

Breaking for lunch between Sand Point and Cape Alava (looking north)
The Ozette Loop is probably my favorite weekend coastal getaway. I haven't tried them all, but I've been to many of the popular spots. My favorite campsite was at Toleak Point, but it's a harder destination for a quick overnighter or 2-nighter without taking a whole day off of work. The Ozette Loop is an easy 9-mile hike broken into three 3-mile sections: 1) Trailhead (TH) to Sand Point, 2) Sand Point to Cape Alava, and 3) Cape Alava to TH. It forms a nice little triangle, with plenty of camping along the beach section.
Ozette Loop Trail (via caltopo)
To make it a weekend trip, we take a half day off of work at most, leaving from Seattle around 1 or 2PM. Arriving at the TH around 6PM, we have enough time to hike to the beach in time to catch the sunset. Dinner on the first night is usually something pre-made we picked up on the way. A Subway footlong and some of their cookies made a great dinner last year.  

I was out there shortly after the Japanese Tsunami in 2011 and we found Japense garbage all along the beach. The items that were easily identified as coming from Japan were the plastic drink bottles with Japanese labels.

If you haven't been out to the Ozette Loop, it is a must-see. If you're willing to brave a wet weekend, the shoulder seasons will provide the most solitude. Don't expect to find any dry driftwood during the rainy season, though.

1 comment:

  1. I just did the loop this weekend, Feb 13 to Feb15, 2016; It was very wet. I did not see any Japanese bottles, just American. Saw several car wheels, aluminum with good treaded tires, like new. I have not figured that out. Best campsite on sandpoint was very close to the actual point, with deer up on the nearby peak.


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