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Olympic Discovery Trail — Tuesday, May. 5, 2020

Olympic Peninsula

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

We leapt onto the most enticing trail available today (at least from our perspective), as soon as we could after Governor Inslee's opening of State Parks! Having spent nearly two months taking walks from our home base in Edmonds, we were ecstatic to be able to venture a bit further afield. We hopped onto the ferry (painless! You can purchase tickets online and the person in the booth just scans you in! No risk of exchanging microbes!) and drove to Sequim Bay State Park, where we picked up the Olympic Discovery Trail. This is a great trail if you want to hike until everything below your waistline hurts; the thing starts in Port Townsend and goes all the way to La Push. We figure we hiked about 10 miles one way, from Sequim Bay to a point past the Railroad Bridge Park, before pulling a U-ey. 20 miles RT. We hiked through some nice second growth forest in the park, then out into farm and prairie land, plus the environs of Sequim and beyond. There were some nice vistas across farmland to the Olympic Range, and just interesting terrain in general. I would recommend this trail to bicyclists, because it's such a long, grand trail. Apparently, according to a local we met along the way, the stretch around Port Angeles and beyond is amazing, with views to shipping lanes, into deep rainforest, etc. But we garnered plenty of enjoyment from views across Sequim Bay; second growth forest in that park; little stands of buttercup and even dandelion; glimpses of red-winged blackbird and hawks; alpacas, horses, donkeys and cows in small farms; beautiful railroad trestle bridges; and the birdsong we heard along the way. It is good to be able to go further afield right now. Governor Inslee: thank you for doing everything you can to keep Washingtonians safe and healthy. You have nothing but respect and admiration from this hiker.