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

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 …