Ozette to Shi Shi beach and back
Replies: 4 - Last Post: May 21, 2013 11:37 AM Last Post By: CascadeBob
May 11, 2013 2:02 PM
Ozette to Shi Shi beach and backI'm planning a 2 nights - 3 days hike from Ozette to Shi Shi beach. All trip reports i've found on the web are from people that enter the trail at Ozette and return from Shi shi. Since I'd be driving there, i intend leave my car at Ozette, do the hike and then go back the same way i came to pick it up. That means, the last day i'd have to go from Shi shi to Ozette. Is this doable? Are there any public transportation options from shi shi back to Ozette?
May 11, 2013 3:02 PM
May 11, 2013 4:55 PM
2carracar: OP says he's hiking from Ozette to Shi Shi for two nights. So, a two night backpack trip from Ozette to Shi Shi and return.
I believe you might need a permit from the Makah Indian Reservation to access Shi Shi as it is located within their lands. And yes, most people enter from Ozette, hike to Shi Shi and return to Ozette. Here is a link to Washington Trails Association which has trip reports on hikes throughout Washington State (most recent Ozette to Shi Shi entry is from 2010). http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/shi-shi-to-ozette-river-beach-travelway
I've hiked the North Coast Wilderness from Rialto to Ozette, but not the leg from Ozette to Shi Shi. Beware of the boardwalk around Lake Ozette - it can be greasy and a good place to bust your ass carrying a pack. Also, the short climbs over the headlands along the beach can be muddy and slippery as well. Watch the tides - they come in quick.
Have seen bears roaming the beach along this area, but racoons are likely to be your biggest critter problem - hang your food.
May 19, 2013 2:11 PM
May 21, 2013 11:37 AM
4Yes, I know about the cannisters and don't like'm. They're bulky and add weight and in my opinion, unneccessary as there are plenty of trees even at high elevations to hang food (which works fine if hung properly).
I hiked the South Coast Wilderness and the high route out of Lake Quinault two years ago and had to take one on each trip. The Park Service allows you to use your own cannister which can be any screw top container sturdy enough to withstand a bear-bite, or you can rent them from the Park Service at any ranger station. I'm wondering if someone makes a steel-mesh bag that would work.
When are you going? I'll be hiking the North Coast Wilderness in mid June.
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