ODT 15 - Forks Approach - (Temporary, on-road, Route)
This 10.4-mile segment continues the temporary extension of ODT for users who want to continue to the Pacific. This segment is entirely on the wide shoulders of US Hwy 101, from the Mary Clark Rd intersection south to the intersection with State Hwy 110, which leads to the ocean beaches. The trail will be built east of the highway, but the route is yet to be finalized. The route drops about 250 ft in 10 miles. The highway crosses the Sol Duc River (again) 0.4 miles beyond the Mary Clark Rd intersection, then parallels Lake Pleasant on the right (west) side for about 2 miles. The lake is roughly 0.5 miles west of the highway, and the community of Beaver lies in between the two.
At 2.9 miles Lake Pleasant Rd intersects from the west. It leads a short distance to the lake and the Lake Pleasant Recreation Area. There is a restaurant and inn near the intersection. The route continues south on the highway with occasional views of the river on the left (east) side. At about 5.6 miles and again at 7.0 miles the highway comes very close to the river. Then it crosses the river at about 9.3 miles and at 10.4 miles comes to the intersection on the right (west) with Hwy 110, which is the end of this segment. The route continues west to the beaches in the segment ODT 16 next.
The City of Forks can be reached from here, one mile ahead as Hwy 101 bends south. Forks is the business and cultural center of the “west end”, as the western half of the North Olympic Peninsula is called. It has a good collection of restaurants, motels, stores, an ONP Ranger Station, the Timber Museum and, more recently, the vampires of Twilight!