Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road


Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Introduction to backpacking for new course graduates or an easy weekend for experienced backpackers. We will do a short hike to Elk Camp, which is just a few miles in, then set up camp to explore around, lounge around or day hike up to Dosewallips Falls. Minimal elevation gain to Elk Camp with river views. Preference is given to new graduates of the Olympia Backpacking Course for the first week of registration. All other potential participants will be wait listed during that period.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Pace: 2.0 - 2.5 mph

We will meet at 8:00 Saturday June 15 at the end of the Dosewallips River gravel road, which forms the trail head. Parking is limited so we need to get there early.  The gravel road has  few potholes but is easily driven with most any type of car. 

No toilet facilities at the trail head. These are available in the day use area of Dosewallips State Park (requires a Discover Pass) or at the gas station in Brinnon. 

I do not believe a parking permit is required and we can confirm that before the trip. If you have an Olympia National Park Pass or Forest Service Permit for the Olympics, it's best to display that. 

Our goals are to stick together, have fun, be safe and enjoy each other's company. We will make a group decision to hike over the washed out road section and that trail has a great river and valley view. Or we may decide to stay low and negotiate a short boulder field beside the river and short scramble back up to the road.

Beginner backpacking skills required with almost no navigation skills to walk a level road. We will maintain a 2.0 - 2.5 mile per hour pace with stops every hour for hydration, to make gear adjustments and can stop for photos as needed. 

My leadership style is casual and to be inclusive of all backpackers and I tend to lead from the middle of the pack. Meeting, greeting and communicating with your fellow hikers is encouraged. Once our camp is set up, we can discuss our options. 

A pit toilet was functioning last November and may or may  not be available so bring your supplies to deal with human waste.

We will have a Co-Leader and the Assistant Leader position is open for those individuals needing a Mentored trip.  


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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
  • Camp chair if desired
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