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Address: Olympic National Park, WA
Phone Number: +1 360-565-3130

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Cool hike but must time it right! Can camp out near the beach or just do the 9 mile loop around. The beach is rocky and can slow you down a bit at times but the trail is all flat... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 May 2016
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Waikiki, HI

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Waikiki, HI
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

Cool hike but must time it right! Can camp out near the beach or just do the 9 mile loop around. The beach is rocky and can slow you down a bit at times but the trail is all flat and no elevation gain so suitable for all ages. Also, have to kind of drive out of the way through... More 

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Port Angeles, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

It's a wonderful backpacking trip, provided you can read tide charts and know how to camp. Very flat, but the hiking isn't always easy. the boardwalk can be very slippery in wet weather. The three miles of beach walking has uneven terrain, especially in the petroglyphs area. You will be rock scrambling! It's a magical trip though, and one we've... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2015

This hike is about 9 miles round trip in three legs. The first and third legs are along a board-walk trail through the forest, from the lake to the beach. The middle leg is a walk along the beach. We planned our day so that we would get to the beach an hour after high tide, thinking that the beach... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

Must start by saying we weren't able to complete the loop, or even (sadly) make it to the coast. I had pulled a muscle in my thigh and found walking up and down steps really painful. The walk is on wood or metal boardwalk with many steps, so we had to give up about half way, as I didn't think... More 

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Boston
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2015

This loop was my introduction to the coastal wilderness of the Olympic Peninsula in 1984. I have been back many times, almost yearly. Sometimes do the loop, sometimes hike in to Sand Point and then south past Yellow Banks and return, sometimes hike to Cape Alava and north to ford the Ozette river. But the discussion here is of the... More 

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015 via mobile

We started the loop on the northern leg, Alava trail, and we recommend this direction. The hike to the beach is easier from this direction, as is the hike back. Also, the rope climb on the beach (a pleasant surprise) is easier going from north to south, as well. We enjoyed the hike in the northern leg more than that... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2014

The loop is a solid 3-4 hr hike, mostly on boardwalks and excellent trails. However, the 3-mile beach walk is somewhat difficult because on some parts you're walking on stones. The walk itself takes you through a wonderful variety of rainforest and open Pacific. From the beach you can hear the barking of sea lions. Do be sure that you... More 

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Lynnwood, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2014

What a hike this turned out to be. The only thing we missed was the petroglyphs, but getting to the westernmost point of the U.S. was fun. The loop hike is fun, but can be challenging and taxing at times. If you go on lower tide like we did, it will be "easier". The first 3 miles we took was... More 

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Vienna, VA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2014

Being from the East coast, we found this beach ecosystem totally fascinating. We ended up hiking almost 12 miles. Trails to/from the beach are incredibly well-maintained (they helicopter in the timber and gravel). The walk along the beach is rocky and much easier at low tide. Finding the Petroglyphs was more fun than we expected. Definitely do this hike.

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Friday Harbor, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2014

But it would have been better in the sun! We did the full 9 miles starting on the Cape Alava Trail and returning via Sand Point. The beach part is the toughest, particularly the first part nearest Cape Alava. Lots of fallen trees block the beach and pose a challenge. But not insurmountable. Go with a minus tide. Lots of... More 

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