ODT #1: Port Townsend to 4 Corners Intersection with Hwy 20
The eastern end of the Olympic Discovery Trail begins at the boatyard in Port Townsend, on Puget Sound at the NE corner of the Olympic Peninsula. Victorian architecture, great mountain and water views, unique shops and galleries, excellent restaurants, music and arts programs, and fine weather all combine to make this a very special place for browsing starting your journey westward on the ODT.
The trail begins at the Port Townsend boat yard near the traffic light on State Highway 20 by the Safeway store on Sims Way. From the south, turn right (east) at the light, on Haines Pl., through the boatyard, to the parking area next to the water. If coming from the north, travel approximately one mile south of the Whidbey Island ferry dock to the Safeway light.
Designated the Larry Scott Trail, after a local founder, this segment of the trail follows the abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad right-of-way past the Port Townsend paper mill, and under Hwy 20 toward the Cape George Trailhead. Parking, horse-trailer parking, water, and toilets are available here.
The trail is well marked to its current end at the Milo Curry Trailhead, about 7.3 miles from the boat haven. From here, cyclists and pedestrians can turn left on S. Discovery Rd. and continue just 0.2 miles to the Four Corners intersection with Hwy 20. From Four Corners, the temporary route continues on Hwy 20 (see next map segment page, ODT 2) to the intersection with US Hwy 101 at the tip of Discovery Bay. Use EXTREME caution on this route – a winding, cliff-side highway with very narrow shoulders and high-speed traffic. A much safer alternative is to continue across Hwy 20 on Four Corners Rd., to Hwy 19, turn right, and continue to the four-way stop in Chimacum. Head south on Center Rd., turn right on Hwy 104 and follow it to Hwy 101 and on to Discovery Bay. More mileage, but far more safe. The Peninsula Trails Coalition is working on a non-motorized route around this very hazardous area.