The ODT!!

Waters Edge

Waters Edge

Let that sink in; it’s not just any water.  The view is sea-level to over 10,000 feet; otters, eagles, whales and all!
The trail starts at waters edge in historic Port Townsend where you may see Washington State’s official ocean going vessel; the Lady Washington, the impressive Adventuress, or any number of fascinating wooden vessels. Port Townsend has a rich history in wooden boats, from hand-built kayaks to planked vessels large enough to seamingly rule the seas.

Further on you’ll find four miles of shoreline trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca offering views of Port Angeles Harbor and even Canada!  The trail continues another two miles through the city’s downtown waterfront and along Marine View Drive past lumber and paper mills before it turns away from the shoreline.

Further west, within Olympic National Park,the route continues along the historical Spruce Railroad grade for 6 miles at spectacular Lake Crescent’s  north shore.   Along this section the Mcfee Tunnel was opened in July of 2017.  A highlight on the more remote western track to the Pacific Ocean, which comes for the persistent.

To arrive at the Pacific Ocean, near the most NW point of the US is an awesome thing, no other trail provides.  For some it’s as simple as that, from the Salish Sea to the Pacific; an awesome undertaking.  …there’s much more.

Trestles and Tunnels

Five original Railroad trestles have been converted for trail use. Three of them are over 400 feet long. The highest is 85 feet above the streambed and was curved to increase stability.

Its original fire barrel stations have been converted to viewing platforms so users can see the structure and, in season, spawning salmon below.

The new 780-foot trestle over the Dungeness River connects to a rare wooden truss bridge. The surrounding Railroad Bridge Park has river walks and an Audubon Center with an outstanding collection of local wildlife.

As mention before, the incredible McPhee tunnel was opened in July of 2017 and the second nearby tunnel will also be revived eventually.

Rivers and Bridges

The trail runs along a coastal plain with the Olympic Mountain Range on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north. Rainfall from moist winds off the Pacific Ocean falling in the mountains as snow feeds north flowing streams.

Almost 40 streams and rivers cascade from the Olympic Mountains across the trail route.

An equal number of bridges vary from the spectacular to the quaint. They include a historical timber truss bridge across the Dungeness River, a suspended trail bridge high above the Elwha River, and a 210’ trail bridge across Dry Creek. Bridge costs have stimulated creative reuse, including a 93 foot RR flat car, a ferry loading ramp, and a covered ships loading ramp across Bagley Creek.

The Pacific Northwest Forest

Mature forests of Fir, Hemlock, and Cedar provide a canopy for many miles of the Olympic Discovery Trail.  The distinctive ever-green nature of PNW runs true throughout the Olympic Discovery and Olympic Adventure Route.
The remote western route of the ODT passes through tall and some managed forests before reaching the awe of  the Pacific Ocean.

Upcoming Events

Sep
23
Sat
all-day Big HURT @ Olympic Adventure Route
Big HURT @ Olympic Adventure Route
Sep 23 all-day
Big HURT @ Olympic Adventure Route
Consisting of 4 race legs—mountain bike, kayak, road bike, and run—the event has had a number of distance and location configurations over the years. Teams or Individual Iron Competition
Sep
29
Fri
all-day Dungeness River Festival @ Railroad Bridge Park, Sequim, WA
Dungeness River Festival @ Railroad Bridge Park, Sequim, WA
Sep 29 all-day
Dungeness River Festival @ Railroad Bridge Park, Sequim, WA
The Dungeness River Festival, Friday, September 29, celebrates the gifts the River provides and inspires stewardship of this crucial resource. Events and activities will be held in Railroad Bridge Park, 2151 W. Hendrickson Road in …
Oct
7
Sat
5:00 pm 3rd Annual Fall Ball and Silent ... @ McCurdy Pavilion - Fort Worden SP
3rd Annual Fall Ball and Silent ... @ McCurdy Pavilion - Fort Worden SP
Oct 7 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
3rd Annual Fall Ball and Silent Auction...for the ODT!! @ McCurdy Pavilion - Fort Worden SP
It’s a party for the ODT! Be sure to put this one on your calendar. In fact, you can go ahead and get tickets for the event right now! Click on the banner below to …
Nov
19
Sun
4:00 pm Annual PTC Volunteer Celebration @ Jamestown S'Klallam Community Center
Annual PTC Volunteer Celebration @ Jamestown S'Klallam Community Center
Nov 19 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Annual PTC Volunteer Celebration @ Jamestown S'Klallam Community Center
The Peninsula Trails Coalition celebrates the dedication of the many volunteers who work for the organization and on the ODT. Food & beverages are provided and a drawing of prizes is held for attendees. Members …