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

May
10
Thu
6:30 pm PTC Annual Members Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
PTC Annual Members Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
May 10 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
PTC Annual Members Meeting : Sequim @ Dungeness River Center
Annual PTC Members Meeting.  Email sent to members in advance, with attending speakers.
Jun
13
Wed
5:30 pm PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Rainforest Arts Center - Forks
PTC Board Meeting | Open House :... @ Rainforest Arts Center - Forks
Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Members will receive email notice with special Speakers or Agenda items.
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.