With Great Fall Weather, Let’s Keep Hiking

Early October and the weather was fine. The SkiZer said to himself, “Why not squeeze in one more backpacking trip?”

Great decision. Six hours later, the SkiZer hit the Ozette Triangle trail to the Washington Coast. The 9-mile loop is popular in summer, but in fall, it’s empty. The wilderness coast once again becomes truly wild.

Streams start flowing again. The rainforest comes back to life after the dry days of summer. Seals outnumber hikers by at least 20 to one.

It was an incredible trip. SkiZer even squeezed in a day hike north to the Ozette River, where things feel even more remote. Not a soul was to be seen on a stunning beach that felt warm and friendly in 65-degree sun.

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The boardwalk trail to Sandpoint.
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On the coast north of Sandpoint.
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Sunset, first day, at Sandpoint.
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Fording the Ozette River north of Cape Alava.
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Campsite at Cape Alava.
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The sun sets behind Ozette Island off the Washington Coast.

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