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Two trails to the coast begin at Lake Ozette, the Sand Point Trail and the Cape Alava Trail. These are both mostly flat with minial elevation gain. Both are nearly continuous wooded boardwalk (cedar plank walkways) through teeming coastal marsh and grasslands. Careful - Boards are slippery when wet, which is most of the time.
Both trails are 3 miles and require 3-5 hours and are easy strolls and lead to one of the most beautiful and promitive beaches on the coast (another 3 mile trail called the Cape Alava Trail to Sand Point Travelway).
Many people utilize all 3 trails and make a 9 mile triangle. The best method is to hike north to keep the ocean breeze at your back by taking the Sand Point Trail and then continue north along the beach and then back to Lake Ozette on the Cape Alava Trail. To complete the triangle. the tide must be low.
You will find dozens of Indian petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks, near the high tide line. Ask for the interpretive handout at the ranger station. Along the coast you will see marine life, Ozette Island, and Cape Alava, the most western point in the contiguous United States.
The northern point of the triangle trail is Cape Alava, with a rocky shore and reefs to explore at low tide. cape Alava is also the site of an ancient Makah village. The site is now closed and marked with a small sign. Be sure to check a tide table and carry the 10 essentials and lots of film, as seals, deer, eagles, perhaps osprey, otters, and whales may be there, rain or shine! Avoid vibramsolded shoes, as the cedar walkway can be slick!


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