ODT East Central - River and Prairie Section
The East-Central quarter of ODT connects from Blyn through Sequim to Port Angeles. It is 26.4 miles long with 24.4 miles completed and paved and 2 miles of temporary, on-road or gravel trail in 3 spots. There are 9 bridges spanning creeks and rivers that flow north from the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Four of the bridges are large, restored railroad trestles dating to 1914-15. The trail is about 70% on the abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St Paul and Pacific railroad grade, which provides gentle slopes and easy rides. The section starts and ends near sea level, and the highest elevation in this section is under 250 ft.
There are 6 supported and maintained access points along the trail in this section:
1) Sequim Bay State Park. On US Hwy 101, 3 miles east of Sequim. Parking, camping, toilets and showers, beaches.
2) Carrie Blake City Park. Blake Ave at Fir St. Parking, toilets, water, picnic areas.
3) Railroad Bridge Park. West end of Hendrickson Rd. Parking, toilets, water, river walks, wildlife exhibit, picnic areas.
4) Robin Hill County Park. Pinnell Rd just west of Vautier Rd. Parking, toilets, picnic areas, trails.
5) Morse Creek trailhead. Straitview Dr just north of Hwy 101. Parking, toilet.
6) Port Angeles City Pier. Lincoln St at W. Front St. Parking, toilets, water, tourist info center, shopping and restaurants, transportation center.
See detail maps for locations.
The eastern part of the lowlands lying between Sequim Bay and Port Angeles are in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains. This prairie-like region has a rich farming tradition and a quiet, country atmosphere. After a gentle climb along the west edge of Sequim Bay, the trail passes through the city of Sequim, the business and cultural center for the area.
West from the city, the trail passes through Railroad Bridge Park, with its Audubon Center and wildlife exhibits. It crosses the Dungeness River flood plain on a large, restored timber RR bridge and a new, 780 ft trestle with excellent views of the turbulent river bed. The prairie, where eagles, hawks and ravens hunt, transitions to forest as the trail moves further west. From the Deer Park Overlook, with views of the Olympic Range, the trail drops to cross Morse Ck on a 400 ft restored railroad trestle. It turns north to reach the Strait of Juan de Fuca, then follows the shoreline 4 miles into downtown Port Angeles.