Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road


Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Dust off backpacking gears in a moderate backpacking along the Dosewallips river. We will stay at the old Dosewallips campground.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • Pace: about 2mph

Plan is  to catch the 7:10 am ferry from Edmonds.

Meeting point is at 6:20 am at 500 Elm Way, Edmonds, 98020. There is plenty of street parking on Elm Way (or up on the road as Elm Street) with no restrictions for overnight parking. This seems to be a better option than the Park and Ride in the area which seem to have a number of restrictions for overnight parking.

Plan is to arrive at the trail-head around 8:45 am and to start hiking at 9 am. Please let me know in advance if you plan to drive directly to the trailhead. Last few miles are on dirt road with potholes. 

National forest pass is required to park at the trailhead.

Night can be quite cold, so make sure you have adequate clothing and insulation to stay warm.

Last year (2017) Dosewallips campground had working outhouses (no running water), but be prepared for Leave no Trace conditions. In addition the campground had bear resistant boxes to store food.

As we will be camping close to the river, water shouldn't be a problem. Just make sure you have a working water treatment solution (pills, pump, sterypen, ...).


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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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