Cape Alava (Ozette Triangle)

Cape Alava (Ozette Triangle)

Forest, beaches, petroglyphs and tidepools… this single night adventure is an epic introduction to the Washington coast.

From Union, we drive 4 hours along the scenic highway 101 first north along the Hood Canal before meandering west towards the beautiful beaches on the Northwest corner of the Olympic Peninsula. We begin our hike at the Ozette Ranger station on the north end of Lake Ozette, the largest unaltered natural lake in the state. We will stroll along a raised boardwalk through the lush coastal forest of cedars and salal for just over 3 miles. The crashing sounds of waves will mark our arrival at Cape Alava, our camp for the night.

On our second day we will pack up camp and head south along the beach. On this stretch of the journey you will revel in the views of the rocky outcroppings as we look for the petroglyphs, ancient evidence of life here long ago. If the tide is in our favor, we can find tide pools to investigate colorful starfish and anemone. Along the trek we have time to enjoy these beautiful beaches and keep our eyes out for sea lions, seals and bald eagles. After 3 miles we duck back into the forest and make our way 3 miles back towards the Ozette Ranger station on a new trail and upon return will have completed the famous Ozette Triangle loop.

We consider this to be a a great hike for first time backpackers. While the mileage and elevation gain on this hike are low, walking on sand can be very tiring and it is important to take our time navigating varied terrain and watching out for boardwalks – which can be slick in the rain.

Optional Stop
We highly recommend a stop at the Makah Cultural Research Center and Museum in Neah bay before we begin our expedition! On our hike we will be traveling on land traditionally inhabited by the Makah people. The museum shares the history and stories of the people who live here and their ancestors and displays artifacts including many of the 55,000 which were uncovered after having been preserved in mud for hundreds of years at the famous “Ozette Site.”

Because of how awesome this trip is, permits to camp at Cape Alava are limited. For the 2023 season we have permits for 2 trips with 3 guest spaces available on each. If you are interested in joining one of these trips, check out the calendar to find out if there are spaces available.

Summer 2023 Cape Alave – 2 Days, 1 Night:

June 24 – June 25
Sept. 16 – Sept. 17

*If this date doesn’t work for you please inquire about a Custom Trip with your preferred dates and we will do our best to accommodate!


  • 1 Person $1,500
  • 2 people $800/ person
  • 3 people $650/ person
  • 4 people $600/ person


Daily Mileage:

Day 1: 3.4 miles

Day 2: 6 miles