Ozette Triangle

Another fabulous Spring weekend in Seattle. I drove a few hours west in search of nature, and arrived in Olympic National Park.

Distances are vast in the Olympic peninsula, so the night before, I camped at Sequim State Park. On Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of birds chirping and drove another two hours to the western edge of the peninsula.

My destination was the Ozette Triangle trail -- a roughly 9-mile loop trail that involves a jaunt through thick forest onto the beach, a hike along a wild, rock and log-strewn beach, and then another trek through forest via a different route on the way back.

I was one of the first to arrive at the trailhead, and got a great start. By the time I hit the beach after the 3-mile hike through the forest, it was right about low tide. The receding tide exposed stretches of algae and seaweed-covered rocks and tide pools.

This was no easy walk on the sand. It's as wild as a beach can get, with huge logs thrown upon the shore from previous storms, and washed up remnants of wildlife, rotting seaweed, and lots of boulders. It was, however, staggeringly beautiful, and though my boots were wet from trekking in ankle-deep tide pools and squishy beach terrain, there was no place I'd rather be on this wonderful Saturday afternoon. 

The start of the trail. You can head to Sand Point or Cape Alava and then traverse along the beach to the other end of the other trail, before making your way back. I headed to Cape Alava first.

The start of the trail. You can head to Sand Point or Cape Alava and then traverse along the beach to the other end of the other trail, before making your way back. I headed to Cape Alava first.

Wildflowers spotted along the forest trail

Wildflowers spotted along the forest trail

Wild mushrooms spotted along the forest trail

Wild mushrooms spotted along the forest trail

Skunk cabbage lines the forest trail. As you can also see, the forest portion of the trail was extremely well-maintained.

Skunk cabbage lines the forest trail. As you can also see, the forest portion of the trail was extremely well-maintained.

The wild Pacific coast

The wild Pacific coast

Strewn with rocks

Strewn with rocks

Large rocky islets to explore

Large rocky islets to explore

Not your typical sandy beach

Not your typical sandy beach

Amazing biodiversity and wildlife within tide pools

Amazing biodiversity and wildlife within tide pools