Sand Point / Ozette (Sep 3-5, 2010)

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sand_point_coverConditions: Backpack
Gear: overnight gear
Map: USGS Ozette
Area: Ozette (Washington Coast), WA
Reference: n/a
Stats: 10.06mi, 664' gain (round trip)

I've not really spent all that much time on the Washington Coast. The occasional weekend trip to the coast, Ruby or Rialto, the one overnight to Norwegian Memorial. But really nothing all that long. That said...I do love the coast. If I was retired, I'd definitely spend more of my free time there :)

This trip had us hike in for a 3 day (2 night) trip to Sand Point. It was late in the year and rain was expected so we brought tarps in case we wanted to stay dry in camp without taking refuge in the tents.

We hiked in via the trail (boardwalk) to Sand Point. It was a bit wobbly under the new knees and I took my time but we got in just fine. We set up camp at the first "nice" spot we found. It had room enough for two tents and had easy access to the coast. We could hear the roar of the surf nearby... It takes a while to get to the coast from home...first the ferry ride...then the long drive through Sequim, the small roads with stunning views of the Strait of San Juan de Fuca, then over to Ozette. The drive alone from Kingston is about 3.5 hours. By the time we arrived at the trailhead in Ozette and hiked the roughly 3 miles to Sand Point...it was late...dinner time. So that's what we did...made dinner. Afterwards, it was a nice evening walk nearby along the coast.

Saturday morning we work up, made breakfast and decided to take a walk north along the coast towards Wedding Rocks. It's maybe only about a 2 mile beach hike to the north. Walking in sand though is tough! It's slower going that one is used to. But there is plenty to see, shells washed up, driftwood, hoping to find one of the floating glass balls (no luck), more shells...just looking at the patterns in the sand. The coast is relaxing.

Saturday evening we had a beautiful sunset. Wow...quite amazing to watch the sun drop into the sea far to the west knowing earlier in the day it came out of the sea on the other side other side of the continent...

Sunday...it was a lazy morning in camp but even though we had a full day, it would take nearly the full day to get home. First the long drive back to Kingston on the holiday weekend. I wanted to get back early hoping to catch one of the early ferry rides back to Edmonds instead of fighting all the holiday traffic late in the afternoon and early evening.
 
Sand Point / Ozette Slideshow

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