ElevationAscent: 578' 176 m
Descent: -571' -174 m
High: 232' 71 m
Low: 4' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 13% (7°)
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“A wonderfully pleasant loop to the coast with very little elevation change”— Megan W
The raised boardwalk keeps you out of the boggy areas. The last part of the trail descends a few flights of stairs over the bluff to the beach - use the rope to steady yourself as needed. At the beach, there are many campsites scattered about and a pit toilet. Depending on the tides, the shoreline can be a wonderful place for exploring tide pools and general beach combing.
The next segment of the "Triangle" is a scramble south on the beach to Sand Point. Follow the rugged coastline past driftwood obstacles and over sand and rocks. A little less than 1/3 of the way down the beach is the Wedding Rock petroglyphs, so called because of the suggestive pose of the figures. There are also a few campsites near here. Next, look for red/black circular signs which mark the two headlands to climb - use the ropes to pull yourself up the rooty parts. Along the rest of the way, enjoy views of Ozette Island, sea stacks, Cannonball Island and a neat natural arch.
Upon reaching the rocky peninsula of Sand Point, you leave the coast behind and head inland to catch the North Sand Point Trail. There are campsites at this junction in addition to the sites just south of Sand Point. Take the North Sand Point Trail uphill to the northeast, first through dry stands of forest. Then transition on boardwalks through more dense jungle-like vegetation on gentle slopes. Finally, arrive back at the junction with the Cape Alava Trail, and head east back to the parking area to close the loop.
Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Jun 14, 2019: Douglas Fir
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Olympic National Park