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North Wilderness Beach
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This stretch of beach is some of the wildest and most beautiful of any in the United States. The beach has countless tidepools with tons of creatures and sea otters, eagles, herons, comrmorantsand ducks are all likely to be spotted. Access to the beach is via Sandpoint Trail, once the beach is reached the trail continues south along the sea. The trail is diverted on land several times to make is way around impassible points. Circular bulls-eyes signs are marked to indicate these points. It is important to carry a tide table as 12 sections of the trail require passing at low tide (these points are indicated on Green Trails maps.) Please note: distance given is one way.
Type Length Difficulty Rating Gain
Beach 19.7 mi 3 / 5 10 / 10 600 ft

User Groups
Hikers

Accessibility
Year round

Permits
Small fee to park at trailhead. Overnight camping requires a backcountry camping permit, available
 
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Driving Directions:
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.
Contact Information:
Olympic National Park
Olympic Wilderness Information Center
3002 Mount Angeles Road
Port Angeles, Wa 98362
Tel: 360.565.3130
Fax: 360.565.3015
TTY: 1.800.833.6388
http://www.nps.gov/olym

Books
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Maps
Green Trails #130S Ozette
#130S Ozette
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Ozette Triangle is formed by three trails. One leg is along the beach, and is home to Wedding Rocks. Wedding Rocks bear petroglyphs carved by Native Americans hundreds of years ago. Some of their drawings illustrate orcas, the sun and moon, and a ...Read More
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Shi Shi Beach is an amazing place. Protected from development by wilderness designations, more than 75 miles of coastline remains in tact. Oppurtunites are endless for wildlife viewing here. The Makah Tribe has recently rebuilt the trail to Shi Sh...Read More
Sea stacks in the morning fogThere was a lot of sea life, including these star fishThe tide pools were amazing pools of discovery in the morningThe trail was very muddyThe first part of the hike is over boardwalksA glimpse of the ocean from the ridge before descending to the beachSea stacks in the distance, it was a cloudy/rainy weekendCamp is setup on the beach
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Access Hole in the Wall via Rialto Beach for some of the most scenic landscape the northwest has to offer! And with an added advantage, you don't have to hike far before the scenery begins, the trailhead is located right on the beach.

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The Makah Nation recently rebuilt this trail leading you though great costal forests to one of the Washington Coasts most scenic places. Four observation decks along the way hover over sea cliffs overlooking the cape and providing views of the ocean...Read More
A beautiful view of the waterSea caves in the cliff side along the oceanThe light houseSea caves in the cliff side along the oceanLooking north isn't so bad either.Uncle John and me at ocean platformLooking south at the beautiful shoreline
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Second Beach is a peaceful place, one where you can just sit and watch the waves crash on the beach and stare out at the many sea stacks. You can spot eagles and gulls overhead and even migrating whales at sea if the time of the year is right (March...Read More
Second BeachMy little guy was almost 2 when we did this hike.
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The Central Wilderness Beach route starts off the same as Third Beach. Head south towards Taylors Point, impassible along the water. You must avoid the coastline by hiking trails on land (maps are a must for this hike.) Five miles of beach contain...Read More
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Third Beach is an impressive strip of Olympic Coast. The trail makes its way through nice lowland forests before reaching the wide, sandy beach. The beach, which is just over a mile long, makes a crescent shape. The resulting bay is named Strawbe...Read More
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