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Sand Point

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast
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Length

6.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 150 ft.
Highest Point: 100 ft.

Rating

2.86 out of 5

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A beautiful hike through an interesting forest, often over boardwalks, ends at the beach with the potential for birdwatching and wildlife viewing. If you plan ahead and get a permit, it's a nice overnight destination.

Begin at the trailhead just beyond the ranger station. The trail shares the way with the route to Cape Alava briefly, before splitting off at a clearly marked junction. Follow the sign and head left for Sand Point. 

The trail has some gentle ups and downs throughout the whole route. Much of the route is on boardwalk. Watch your step, it can be slippery in a few spots, and not all of the wood is in perfect condition.

The route travels through some interesting vegetation, be sure to lift your eyes and pause to admire the interesting trees and small flowers that may bloom along the route. As you proceed, the vegetation will transition from more open to more closed, with a thick overstory and plenty of salal and other plants growing in the understory. 

As you near the beach, you'll be able to hear the waves and see a split in the trail. Either route will take you to the beach. Head left for a more direct route to the campsites and the privy (which is marked with a sign.) 

The final approach to the beach will require clambering over piles of driftwood. 

Once you're on the beach, there's plenty of room to spread out. You can wander in either direction, but be sure to check maps and the tides, some headlands can only be passed at low or medium tides. If you enjoy watching wildlife, bring binoculars to check out the bird life and the possibility of spotting marine mammals. 

There's also good tidepooling here, just be careful to watch your feet and be careful not to crush any delicate critters. 

If you'd like to spend the night, you can reserve a backpacking permit in advance. If you're backpacking, you will need a bear canister to protect your food from bears and the coast's incredibly clever raccoons. 

 

Sand Point

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1540, -124.6690 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Pacific Coast

Sand Point (#31)

Olympic National Park

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Getting There

From Port Angeles, head west on U.S. Highway 101 for about 4.5 miles. Turn right to continue west on State Route 112 for 38 miles. Turn right to continue on 112 west towards Neah Bay. Continue for 10.5 miles, turning left Hoko Ozette Road / Ozette Lake Road. Follow this paved road for 21.2 miles to the ranger station and trailhead.

 

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