Here’s what I learned about Olympic National Park on this trip. It’s BIG. We were already staying in the park and the drive to the Ozette area was very long. More than an hour. Thank goodness we had Game of Thrones for Matt to read while I drove.
This blurry photo is to remind me we were at Point of Arches. Anchoring photos are my favorite thing about digital photography. Since I’m not worried about wasting film, I can always take pictures of signs. In the future I will never have to wonder where the heck that pretty vista is from.
We were hiking the triangle. Three miles of boardwalk trail to the beach, three miles of beach, three miles of boardwalk trail back. Matt poses at the beginning. I love how the sign has two different graphics saying that dogs are not allowed. Dogs facing to the right? Nope. Dogs facing to the left? Nuh-uh.
Matt on the beach. You can see how rocky and remote it is. Looking at Google Maps, it seems that Cape Alava, where our first section of trail ends, is in the southern part of the Ozette Indian Reservation. Interestingly, google maps shows the trail to Sand Point, but not the trail to Cape Alava. It also marks Wedding Rocks, which were the petroglyphs that we missed. This person saw them, though.
Here’s the thing about this hike. In our hiking book, it was a level 1 hike. I chose it, because the hike from the day before was really exhausting. (It was a level 3 hike). This was not a level 1 hike! Three miles of walking on sand, picking your way across rocks and over driftwood is not easy. And three miles of not easy does not equal a level 1 hike.
I was glad the tide was out for this part, because we would have had to climb a very steep incline to get over this point if the tide had been in. Looking at the post from that person who did see the petroglyphs, I think this is the location.