Welcome to the Olympic Discovery Trail

The Olympic Peninsula is Washington State’s premier destination for non-motorized touring.

Starting in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, and ending on the shores of the Pacific Ocean,
the ODT is filled with views of snow capped peaks, ocean vistas, fast flowing rivers and pristine lakes,
and everywhere the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest.

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Options for ODT Segments in Jefferson County

Options for ODT segment in Jefferson County outlined Jefferson County commissioners heard Monday of possible routes for the extension of the Olympic Discovery Trail between the recently constructed segment along South Discovery Bay and the Larry Scott Trail at Four Corners.

Olympic Discovery Trail Day Fundraiser @ Sequim Museum & Arts

Saturday, May 25th, 12-3 pm is the time for the special Olympic Discovery Trail day at Sequim Museum & Arts, 175 Cedar Street. Proceeds from all art works sold that day will go to support the Olympic Discovery Trail. Featured Artists Jerry & Liisa Fagerlund. See examples of their art below:

Port Angeles Bike Everywhere Month

The Bicycle Advisory Committee of Port Angeles and Clallam County is excited to present a full slate of bike-centric events this May to celebrate Bike Everywhere Month. See the Schedule  

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Trail Alerts

Confirmed with City of Port Angeles that there is a slide on the ODT between City Pier (the Red Lion) and Francis St. They are working on a plan to clear the slide. Recommend you enjoy the western section and out on Ediz Hook or use the Francis Street access point to travel east on the ODT.

TRAVEL ALERT! We just received word of a cougar sighting around milepost 5 on the Larry Scott Trail. Please be cautious; make noise as you travel. 2:00 PM, 4/26/19.

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — The most recent phase of work on the Spruce Railroad Trail is now complete and the trail is open.

The trail will remain open until the next phase of work which is projected to begin in August 2019.

The trees removed from sections of the SRRT, some complete with root wads, are utilized to preserve fish habitat in road damage repairs along rivers. The removal of trees for this project to provide for visitor access was very selective and went through analysis to mitigate impacts to the environment. Logs from earlier tree removal operations on this project were used in park road repairs on Olympic Hot Springs Road, Graves Creek Road, and Quinault North Shore Road. Trees removed during this phase will be used by Jefferson County for an upcoming project on Upper Hoh Road.

New bank stabilization methods employ the use of large logs with root wads intact and other native materials to create a roughened, complex surface to lessen the impact on fish habitat.  Wood can also be used to create structures to mimic natural fish habitat where it has been lost due to past practices.

Future project work, anticipated to begin in August 2019, will require a full trail closure. Upcoming work will include restoring the Daley Rankin Tunnel, rockfall mitigation, retaining wall construction, and finishing the remaining trail improvements. Paving the length of the trail and the Lyre River Trailhead parking area will occur in the final phase. Completion of the Spruce Railroad Trail project is anticipated by summer 2020.

The Spruce Railroad Trail improvements are part of a multi-year collaborative project to establish the entire 10 mile length of the trail as a universally accessible, multipurpose trail to be shared by hikers, bicyclists, equestrians and people traveling in wheelchairs. Clallam County and Olympic National Park are jointly funding the project.  Federal Highway Administration staff provide construction management and general contract oversight.

The Spruce Railroad Trail follows the historic railroad grade of the Spruce Railroad, built in 1918 and abandoned in 1951. When the project is completed  in 2020 it will become a signature piece of the 134-mile long Olympic Discovery Trail that will eventually connect Port Townsend to La Push—Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean.

For current trail, road and travel information, visitors should consult the park website at www.nps.gov/olym or call the recorded Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.

SR 20 between 4 Corners Road and the tip of Discovery Bay is steep, has no shoulders, many blind curves, higher speed, and often heavy traffic.  It’s also a long climb if coming from the west. (more…)

This section of the route has a narrow shoulders with higher speed traffic.  Maintaining good visibility is all the more important, and a high-quality mirror can help you see what’s overtaking you, and when.