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Olympic Discovery Trail

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast
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Length

126.6 miles, one-way

Elevation

Rating

3.50 out of 5

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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A still-under-construction route along the north part of the Olympic Peninsula, the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) will eventually span nearly 130 miles and be usable by bikes, walkers, runners, strollers, and in some places, equestrians.

Currently, there are 70 miles of completed trail, with more being planned each year. The completed sections are mostly focused in the central part of the trail, west of Port Angeles. The route varies from wide paved sections to narrow dirt sections that feel more like hiking trails than old railroad beds. 

The scenery also changes along the way, going from the city waterfronts of Port Townsend and Port Angeles to the northern shore of Lake Crescent to the shady forests beyond, and eventually to the Olympic Coast. 

Reminders of the history of this corridor are also present in many places, including a few railroad tunnels that make for some cavernous stretches. 

Where the trail has yet to be constructed, users will have to travel on roads that are also open to traffic. Because of this, a map is helpful to ensure you will be able to link up with the next segment of trail. 

 

Olympic Discovery Trail

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.1073, -123.3475 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Northern Coast

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Guidebooks & Maps

The Official Rails-to-Trails Conservatory Guidebook: The Definitive Regional Guide to Multi-use Trails Washington & Oregon

1st Edition (Barbera – The Globe Pequot Press)

Best Rail Trails Pacific Northwest: More Than 60 Rail Trails in Washington

Oregon

and Idaho (Bartley – Morris Book Publishing

LLC)

Getting There

The official eastern terminus of the trail is at the ferry dock in the town of Port Townsend. At its western terminus the trailhead is officially located at the beach in La Push. There are many access point of the Olympic Discovery Trail, though, so visit olympicdiscoverytrail.com for more details. 

Jefferson Transit routes 1, 6A, 7, 8, 11B, and 2 service the start of the trail in Port Townsend.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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