ODT West - Forest and Ocean Section (Sol Duc to Forks/Pacific Ocean)
This section of ODT is not constructed, although some of the route has been acquired. At this time this section is routed temporarily on roads that approximate the route the final trail will take. The 41.6 mile long section is all on US, State and County paved roads except for the last 1.5 miles which are separated, paved trail to the Pacific beaches.
Until more trail is constructed, this section is not appropriate for hiking or equestrian users and is defined primarily for bicyclists who want to follow the ODT route to the Pacific and ride quieter country roads where they can. At the Pacific end, side trails lead to Third and Second Beaches shortly before arriving at First Beach and LaPush. Alternatively, users may stay on State Hwy 110 instead of turning onto LaPush Rd, cross the Quillayute River, and go to Mora Campground and Rialto Beach in Olympic National Park. See Pacific Beach detail map.
Since this section of ODT is largely undeveloped, no official trailheads or access points have yet been built.
This section, from Sol Duc Rd to the Pacific, is primarily managed timberland with Douglas fir being the dominant tree species. It’s not the dominant, old growth forest seen in the national parks and wilderness areas and can seem to visitors as “rather cut up and stumpy”, but it is very healthy and productive timberland, sustainably harvested, and a major source of timber nationally and internationally.
The city of Forks is the only large town west of Port Angeles. It can be reached on US Hwy 101 one mile south of the intersection with Hwy 110. The land slopes uniformly to the west, dropping 1100 ft in 41 miles.
A number of rivers find their way from the Olympics to the sea through this area: the Sol Duc, Calawah, and Bogachiel, which join into the Quillayute River just before reaching LaPush, and further south: the Hoh, Queets, and Quinault Rivers. Pacific moisture rising over the Olympics creates the rain forests and feeds the rivers. The Quileute Indian Tribe has their reservation, including LaPush, at the mouth of the Quillayute River. We have them to thank for the 1.3 miles of wide, paved trail ending ODT at the ocean.