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

Jul
11
Wed
6:30 pm PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
Monthly Peninsula Trails Coalition BoD Meeting.  Public welcome to attend.
Aug
8
Wed
5:30 pm PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Community Center - Port Townsend
PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Community Center - Port Townsend
Aug 8 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Open House from 5:30 to 6:30. Board Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30. Members will receive email notice with special Speakers or Agenda items.
Sep
12
Wed
6:30 pm PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
Sep 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PTC Board Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
Monthly Peninsula Trails Coalition BoD Meeting.  Public welcome to attend.
Oct
10
Wed
6:30 pm PTC Board Meeting – Port Angeles @ Olympic Medical Center - Port Angeles
PTC Board Meeting – Port Angeles @ Olympic Medical Center - Port Angeles
Oct 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Monthly Peninsula Trails Coalition BoD Meeting.  Public welcome to attend.