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Sand Point (Olympic National Park)


How to Get There
This hike is located in Olympic National Park, western Washington.

The trail starts from the Ozette Ranger Station in the western section of Olympic National park.
Olympic National Park

Hike details

9.00 [Miles] Total
Hike Distance- Details
Nine miles round trip
5.00 [Hours]
It took us about 5 hours. We stopped for about 30 minutes for lunch along the beach.
Elevation Gain
500 Total Elevation Gain [Feet]
Elevation Details
about 500 ft gain and loss
Hike Trail Type
Special Features


Best Season
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
Worst Season
  • January
  • February
  • December
Season Details
spring to fall
Date Hike completed
July 05, 2002


Solitude Details
We saw about 50 other hikers. Not a great hike for solitude, but on the long trail it is acceptable.


Difficulty Rating
difficulty detail
35 yr old Recommendation: Hiking along the wilderness beach is a treat for the eyes. This is a Moderate hike.


Be Aware of
Entrance fee to get into Olympic National Park

If a loop hike through a lush green forest and along a wilderness ocean beach is for you, then you will like this hike.

From the parking area and well marked trailhead, we headed first southwest towards sand point. The trail is enveloped quickly in a lush green forest. The mostly flat path is along wood planks to help preserve the trail from marsh conditions in times other than summer. We actually enjoyed this unexpected feature of the hike. 

After three miles of hiking you reach Sand point, which is obvious as Sand point is located along the Pacific Ocean and sheltered amidst trees. Turn left here (North) and walk along the sand beach for the next 3 miles towards Cape Alava. This section of the hike is unique for the dense forest on your right shoulder and the rocks, tidal pools, and surf of the Pacific Ocean on your left. Keep your eyes open for wildlife, we noticed Bald Eagles, deer, seals, and plenty of crabs in this area. The walking is not difficult on the hard packed sand, but it is worthwhile to spend some time exploring the beach.  

The return trail at Cape Alava is easy to spot and turns. The trail heads South East from Cape Alava back into the forest and along wood planks again until returning to the start. You will reach the end of this hike after another 3 miles of walking, for a total of 9.0 miles.

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