Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road


Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Hike 13 miles round trip with about 1,200 feet of gain. The trail is a forest road abandoned after a landslide blocked access. We will camp at a former car campground located near the river about 6.5 miles in.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • Pace: Between 1.5 and 2 mph

Head east on the Dosewallips River Road from US-101. It's about 9 miles to the trailhead, where the road is washed out. We will meet at the trailhead at 8 am. 

There are no services at the trailhead. Online sources indicate that a parking pass is not required, but bringing a Northwest Forest pass or America the Beautiful pass just in case is a good idea. 

This is a mentored backpack for Elliott Krivenko. 

We will hike east along the river on the abandoned Dosewalips Road. Staring at 500 ft, the road is nearly flat for the first couple miles and then gradually climbs to 1,700 feet at the Dosewallips Camp 6.5 mi from the trailhead. After we set up camp, we will have the option to explore further up the trail. The campground has firepits, a privy, and bear lockers.

Group goals: Stay together, enjoy the scenery, stop for photos, take our time, and get to know each other. This is a relatively easy backpack, and will be my mentored backpack to become a Mountaineers backpack leader. 



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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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