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

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7:00 pm Traveler’s Journal Series – Leil... @ Sequim High School Library
Traveler’s Journal Series – Leil... @ Sequim High School Library
Mar 1 @ 7:00 pm
Traveler's Journal Series - Leilani Sundt @ Sequim High School Library
Border to Border 3 Friends A Cycling Adventure By Leilani Sundt March 1st, 2018 Sequim High School Library 601 N. Sequim Avenue Doors Open at 6pm, Show Starts at 7pm. Suggested $5 donation at the door.
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Traveler’s Journal Series – Nige... @ Sequim High School Library
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Traveler's Journal Series - Nigel Foster @ Sequim High School Library
Kayaking: Exploring Taiwan By Nigel Foster March 8th, 2018 Sequim High School Library 601 N. Sequim Avenue Doors Open at 6pm, Show Starts at 7pm. Suggested $5 donation at the door.
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5:30 pm PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Community Center - Port Townsend
PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Community Center - Port Townsend
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Open House from 5:30 to 6:30. Board Meeting from 6:30 to 8:30. Members receive email notice with special Speakers or Agenda items.
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7:00 pm Traveler’s Journal Series – Tim ... @ Sequim High School Library
Traveler’s Journal Series – Tim ... @ Sequim High School Library
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm
Traveler's Journal Series - Tim & Mardi Guthrie @ Sequim High School Library
Scotland, North Coast 500 By Tim & Mardi Guthrie March 15th, 2018 Sequim High School Library 601 N. Sequim Avenue Doors Open at 6pm, Show Starts at 7pm. Suggested $5 donation at the door.