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Olympic Discovery Trail/ Waterfront Trail


 Mostly paved trail that goes from Port Angeles to Sequim. Some up and down elevation and a couple of potential places to get lost. Waterfront scenery in Port Angeles (watch for overamorous raccoons!), and rural/ suburban surroundings near Sequim (try the taco truck at a trail crossing for a quick lunch). Services are mostly near either end of the trail, so bring plenty of water. A fun and challenging trail, but it's much faster (though less enjoyable) to ride on Highway 101. At places it is a routefinding challenge, so bring a trail map! The city of Port Angeles calls its section of the trail "The Waterfront Trail". The trail is paved except for a few miles of off and on dirt near Port Angeles. There is a short segment of trail from near the casino on 101 that peters out just before Sequim Bay State Park.
A long railroad bridge in the middle of the trail

Location: Clallam County
City(s): Port Angeles, Sequim, WA
Length: 30 miles.  so far

Popularity:
 Rather
Elevation: Somewhat hilly
     Gain 
     Loss
 
Facilities Trail Condition  
Drinking Water:  Yes
Restrooms:  Yes
Benches:  Yes
Picnic Tables:  Yes
Surface Type:  Mixed
Surface Quality:  5
Scenery:  6
Lighting: 1
Ratings:

0 = none/ the worst
5 = average
10 = excellent


Website: http://www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/

ALERTS:
Effective: 8/1/2005 - 1/1/2030. You'll need to complete the stretch from Morse Creek to downtown Port Angeles before sunset (according to the official times in the paper) because they lock the gates on part of the trail going through the old Rayonier Mill site.
Link for additional information
Maps:
3 Maps of trail
Building trail w/ a chain gang
Map of access points to trail
Railroad Bridge Park Map
Sequim Bay State Park map
Connections:
1. Connects to the Blackball Ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria, BC

Expansions:
1. Total of 150 miles of trail planned from Forks to Port Townsend, to include the Larry Scott Memorial Park Trail (Port Townsend) and Spruce Railroad Trail (Lake Crescent.)
2. Clallam County is in the planning stages for the route of the trail from its current end in Sequim
3. Federal funding will provide impetus to move 20,000 pounds of rocks for construction of the trail.


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Watch out for overamorous raccoons in Port Angeles!


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