Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Hiking Trails

Ozette Lake-Cape Alava-Sand Point Trail – moderate

Beginning on the shores of Ozette Lake, this 9.3-mile loop trail follows a wooden walkway 3.3 miles through lush, coastal forest to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the conterminous United States. Follow the rocky beach about three miles to Sand Point to pass American Indian petroglyphs and ocean views. The return to Ozette Lake is another three miles, so reserve a day and enjoy the minimal elevation gain.

Hoh River Trail – moderately strenuous

Ozette Lake-Cape Alava-Sand Point Trail — moderate

Beginning on the shores of Ozette Lake, this 9.3-mile loop trail follows a wooden walkway 3.3 miles through lush, coastal forest to Cape Alava, the westernmost point of the conterminous United States. Follow the rocky beach about three miles to Sand Point to pass American Indian petroglyphs and ocean views. The return to Ozette Lake is another three miles, so reserve a day and enjoy the minimal elevation gain.

Hoh River Trail — moderately strenuous

Beginning at Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center, the first 11 miles of this 35-mile rain forest hike consists of an easy, gradual ascent through lush forest. Sitka spruce, western hemlock, western red cedar and big-leaf maple shelter a forest floor carpeted with an incredible array of plant life. The trail grows more difficult and the 1,300-foot elevation gain becomes more apparent as you pass through a deep gorge past Elk Lake to Glacier Meadows. Plan on at least one night of camping if you hike to Glacier Meadows. A route to Mount Olympus begins beyond this point, a climb that should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers. 

North Wilderness Beach Hike — strenuous

The trailhead can be found at Rialto Beach (to hike north) or Sand Point (to hike south). Not for the timid, this 20.8-mile hike of minimal elevation gain follows beaches, overland trails and headlands that can be passed only during low tide. Rich tide pools, plus views of harbor seals, bald eagles and gray whales (seasonal) make it a rewarding two days. Be sure to carry a current contour map, a tide timetable and a watch.