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Lake Ozette, Olympic National Park, WA


    Lake Ozette has a small campground, accessible by road.  Most people come to Lake Ozette to backpack out to Cape Alava or Sandpoint (the earlier being more popular) on the coast.  We've stayed at the Lake Ozette campground and hiked the triangular loop out to the coast and back.  Cape Alava is the northern point of the triangle, Sandpoint is southern, and Lake Ozette lies inland to the east.  It is approximately 3 miles between each point (a 9-mile loop).  The trail is easy on well-maintained boardwalks that can be slippery.
    For coastal birding, Sandpoint offers better habitat for the birds - a protected bay and sandy beaches.  The deer on the coast - like all deer in the Olympic National Park - are very tame and not wary of humans, probably due to the lack of hunting over a long period of time.



View from Cape Alava
Black-tailed Deer
Black Oystercatcher
Male Harlequin Ducks
The Lake Ozette campground was flooded in February.  Not all sites were usable.

Bird List

Pacific Loon
Western Grebe
Red-necked Grebe
Horned Grebe
Pelagic Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Harlequin Duck
Surf Scoter
White-winged Scoter
Hooded Merganser
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Bald Eagle
Red-tailed Hawk
Northern Pygmy Owl
Ruffed Grouse
Black Turnstone
Black Oystercatcher
Mew Gull
Herring Gull
Ring-billed Gull
Thayer's Gull
California Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Common Murre
Barred Owl
Belted Kingfisher
Northern Flicker
Steller's Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Winter Wren
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
American Robin
Varied Thrush
European Starling
Song Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Spotted Towhee
Red-winged Blackbird

Other Critter List

Douglas Squirrel
Black-tailed Deer
Sea Otter
Northern Harbor Seal



Located: outer coast, Olympic National Park, WA
Directions: from Port Angeles take hwy-101 to hwy-112 past Clallam Bay, turn southwest onto Hoko-Ozette Road, follow the road to the end.
Lake Ozette


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