West Central

The West Central quarter of ODT runs from Port Angeles across the Elwha River, along the coastal lowlands and Lake Crescent, to end on Hwy 101 at the top of Fairholm Hill. It is 31.7 miles long.

West of Port Angeles the trail crosses the Elwha River on a spectacular suspended bridge. Long a source of hydropower and water for mills, the Elwha dams were removed in September 2011, and the largest river flowing out of the Olympics returned to breeding all 5 salmon species, including the giant 100 pound Chinook salmon of earlier years.

Beyond the river, the route parallels the Strait of Juan de Fuca coastline with side roads to beaches and resorts. At the town of Joyce, the trail cuts south over coastal hills to Lake Crescent, a large, deep (600 ft+) glacial lake nestled between towering mountain ridges. The trail hugs the lake’s north shore on 8 miles of former railroad grade, bypassing 2 tunnels, then rises into a heavily forested plateau that continues through the next section.

Access Points

  1. Port Angeles City Pier. Lincoln St at W. Front St. Parking, toilets, water, tourist info center, shopping and restaurants, transportation center.
  2. 10th St Parking. 10th St at Milwaukee Dr. On street parking only.
  3. 18th St Trailhead. Parking, toilet, water.
  4. Kacee Way off Lower Elwha Road. Parking only.
  5. Elwha River. At end of Crown Z Water Rd under the bridge. Parking only.
  6. East Beach Trailhead. Near end of E. Beach Rd in Olympic National Park. Parking, toilets, water.
  7. Sol Duc Road. On Hwy 101 opposite Sol Duc Rd. Limited parking.

Upcoming Events

Dec
13
Wed
6:30 pm PTC Board Meeting – Port Angeles @ Olympic Medical Center - Port Angeles
PTC Board Meeting – Port Angeles @ Olympic Medical Center - Port Angeles
Dec 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Members will receive email notice with special Speakers or Agenda items.
Jan
5
Fri
7:00 pm Adventure Travel Series – Ken & ... @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Adventure Travel Series – Ken & ... @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Jan 5 @ 7:00 pm
Adventure Travel Series - Ken & Mary Campbell @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Planning Your Safari to Photograph East Africa’s Incredible Wildlife by Ken & Mary Campbell January 5th, 2018 Port Angeles Senior Center 328 E. 7th Street Doors Open at 6pm, Show Starts at 7pm. Suggested $5 …
Jan
12
Fri
5:49 pm Adventure Travel Series – John G... @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Adventure Travel Series – John G... @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Jan 12 @ 5:49 pm
Adventure Travel Series - John Gussman @ Port Angeles Senior Center
Before Drones I was Tied to the Earth By John Gussman January 12th, 2018 Port Angeles Senior Center 328 E. 7th Street Doors Open at 6pm, Show Starts at 7pm. Suggested $5 donation at the …