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Had the Monday off after the weekend so we made a quick trip down to Olympic NP. Had a chill overnight trip on the Ozette Loop and then a short hike out to Cape Flattery on our way driving a loop around the park. Also got to try out our new Feathered Friends sleeping bags.

Ozette Loop April 21-22

Coastal hiking at its finest! One of the classic backpacking trails in Olympic National Park. We hiked in the clockwise direction, doing the forest trail to Sand Point and the Beach portion to Cape Alava on the first day. We lucked out with the tides as we got to the TH right around low tide, so no issues walking on the beach the whole time. It turned out that it was state beach cleanup day on the first day, which we were unaware of, so there were quite a few people hauling out garbage while we were heading in. We had great weather, only 5 minutes of rain through the whole trip. Campsites at Cape Alava were amazing. Quick trip back to the car in the morning. Boardwalks were in great shape and made for quick walking through the forest trails. Great hike, just what we needed.

















Cape Flattery Trail

his short trail is at the Northernmost point (and Westernmost?) on the Olympic Peninsula, even got some Telus cell service at the view point. Excellent views at the end of the trail, with views including ocean rock caves, kelp beds, sea birds and the occasional sea otter. A little out of the way but a must-do if you are in the area.







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Nice trip! Yeah, hiking near the ocean is always quite refreshing that's why I miss Vancouver Island. Langley sucks.
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Nice! We've been talking about doing the exact same trip recently except with perhaps an extra day for loafing around a little more while there. Did you need permits for any of that btw?
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Nice! We've been talking about doing the exact same trip recently except with perhaps an extra day for loafing around a little more while there. Did you need permits for any of that btw?
Thanks. Yes, you need one backcountry permit per person, which is 8 USD per. I think you also need a National Parks pass or Northwest Forest pass to park at the TH as well. The camping permits are somewhat limited I believe, but we got a walk-up permit the in the morning same day as our overnight at the Port Angeles Ranger Station before we drove to Ozette Lake. The rangers acted like it would be super busy but there were several open campsites at Cape Alava when we were there (the only campground on the trail you can have a fire at). You can book ahead of time, but we tend to be last minute people, haha. Seems to be pretty available on shoulder season but supposed to be busy during the summer.

You also need a bear canister for camping there, which you can get at the Port Angeles ranger station. We didn't want to go back through Port Angeles, so you can actually also drop the bear canister off at the South Beach Quinalt Lake ranger station after you are done with it if you are headed down that way.

Happiest Outdoors has a great post on the trail: https://happiestoutdoors.ca/ozette-loop-guide/

No permits or anything needed for anything else we did, although still need a pass for parking. Hope that helps.

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Hey thanks for all that information. Much appreciated. Looking for the coming long weekend trip and this is one of our ideas. We were reading Happiest Outdoors blog as well that really cemented the idea in our plans.
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Looks like were making a go of it after all this weekend. Looking like decent weather for the outing so off we go. BTW was wondering if you had to pay the Makah tribe for trail access to the Cape Flattery trail? Seems like a very short trail from the looks of it.

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Looks like were making a go of it after all this weekend. Looking like decent weather for the outing so off we go. BTW was wondering if you had to pay the Makah tribe for trail access to the Cape Flattery trail? Seems like a very short trail from the looks of it.
Nice! Looks like we should have good weather, hope you guys have a great time. No fee for parking at the Cape Flattery Trail. Only need a tribal permit if you park at the TH for Shi Shi Beach or any of the other parking lots along Tsoo-Yess Beach Road.
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