The Olympic Discovery Trail connects North Olympic Peninsula towns on the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Pacific Coast. This unique way to explore the Olympic Peninsula includes more than 130 miles of paved trails which wind through towns, forests, river valleys, mountains, and coastlines. The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) is open to travelers, and their pets, using non-motorized modes of transportation. This includes hiking, cycling, and horseback riding. ODT can be done as a whole or broken into smaller sections for shorter day trips. The four main sections are:
- East End the Sound and Bay Section which includes Port Townsend, Discovery Bay, Sequim Bay, and Miller Peninsula
- East Central the River and Prairie Section with Blyn, Sequim, Dungeness Prairie Cross, and Port Angeles Harbor
- West Central the Foothills and Lake Section which includes Port Angeles, Elwha River, Lake Crescent, and Joyce
- West End the Forest and Ocean Section with Sol Duc Valley, Forks, and Pacific Beaches
The Adventure Route is a 25 mile addition to the ODT built primarily for mountain bikers and equestrians. On the Adventure Route, beginner and intermediate riders can follow single and double track through old growth forest. In addition to towering trees, this section of the ODT offers stunning views of the Olympic Mountains, Lake Crescent, and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Local outfitters like Adventures Through Kayaking near Port Angeles have bike rentals and guided tours of the Adventure Route.
The ODT website has lots of information including ideas for side trips, places to stay, and trail maps. The site also suggests a couple of multiday itineraries. Combining comfort and adventure, the Bike, Bed, and Breakfast is a weeklong trip covering the entire trail. A fun family option is a 5-day camping trip starting and ending in Port Angeles.
Whether you’re looking for a beautiful walk between Port Angeles and Sequim, a heart-pounding mountain bike ride, or a family-friendly outdoor adventure, the Olympic Discovery Trail is a great place to explore. Learn more at www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com