Forests of the Pacific Northwest
This is timber country in a big way. Mature forests of Fir, Hemlock, and Cedar provide an overarching boundary for many parts of the trail.
Rivers and Bridges
The trail runs along a coastal plain with the Olympic Mountain Range on the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca on the north. Rainfall from moist winds off the Pacific Ocean falling in the mountains as snow feeds north flowing streams.
One of the natural wonders of the Olympic Peninsula is a natural sand spit extending six miles into the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It was created by tidal currents in the straits depositing soil washed down from the mountains.
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Olympic Discovery Trail – Pathway to the Pacific
The route of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) traverses approximately 130 miles of lowlands, bordered on the south by the Olympic Mountain Range and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It starts in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and spans approximately 130 miles east to west, ending on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The trail is a wide, paved pathway designed to multi user standards for bicyclists, hikers, and disabled users, with a 4’ shoulder for equestrians where appropriate.
Construction started in the 90’s. Completed sections will total 53 miles by 2012, with right of way agreements in place for over 65 miles. This website shows the entire route, with temporary on-road routes, approximating the final route, shown connecting the completed portions. Planning information is provided for the resulting 126.2 mile trail.
The Olympic Peninsula is Washington State’s premier destination for non-motorized touring, filled with views of snow capped peaks, ocean vistas, fast flowing rivers and pristine lakes, and everywhere the majestic forests of the Pacific Northwest. The presently completed trail winds through fields and farms, parks and towns; over creeks, rivers and ravines on restored railroad trestles; and past beaches and national recreation areas.
The trail exhibits a wide diversity of fauna and flora -- an unmatched range of natural beauty. This website has been designed to support trip planning. In addition to the Map section with many downloadable PDF maps, note the Trip Planning Section which covers things like Suggested Itineraries, Bike Shops, Campground Locations, Equestrian Information, Disabled Information, Local Transportation, Trail Status, etc.
In many ways the ODT is a major highway for non-motorized travelers, spanning the entire peninsula. We have included a Side Trips Section, providing information and maps for towns along the trail and for natural attractions along the way that can be easily reached from ODT on side roads or trails.
We hope this website provides the information you need to utilize the trail with confidence. However if you have questions or need assistance with planning, please contact us, either with the contact button at the bottom of each page, or on the User Forum in the User Services Section.
Railroad Trestles and Tunnels
Five original Railroad trestles have been converted for trail use. Three of them are over 400 feet long. The highest is 85 feet above the stream bed and was curved to increase stability.
Along the Waters Edge
Four miles of shoreline trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca offer views of Canada across the straits and of Port Angeles Harbor. The trail continues another two miles through the city's downtown waterfront and..
To The Ocean Beaches
The western terminus of the trail route is the Pacific Ocean beachside resort town of LaPush, which is also headquarters for the Quileute Indian Tribe.
Interested in volunteer opportunities with the Peninsula Trails Coalition? Click on the Trail News tab above for more information.
The 2014 Adventure slide show listings for Port Angeles and Sequim are now available for viewing! Click on the Trail News tab for more information on this popular PTC fundraiser.