Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road


Day Hike - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

An 11 mile trip that will include a 200 foot water cascade and 125 foot waterfall. Lunch at the turnabout point.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft

Meet at the Poulsbo Church of the Nazarene to depart at 0800 (that means be there before 8.

It then takes about 70 minutes to get to the trailhead and the end of the Dosewallips River Road in Brinnon.

Controlled pets are fine.

Waterfalls are the objective with this hike to the Dosewallips Natl Park Campground in the Olympic National Park. Controlled dogs are welcome.

Starting out, we will head up and over the river washout bypass, and go 5 miles to the Dosewallips Waterfall, which sits beneath a pillow lava shoulder of Mount Constance. The Dose Falls drops, and cascades down over two hundred feet.

After taking in the falls, we will continue on to the park campground to occupy picnic benches alongside the bubbling river to take our lunch. These picnic benches want for occupants, long abandoned since the road washed out.

This trail gradually gains 1060 feet over the course of the distance. So it is fairly mellow 'cept for the start gain of 80 feet.

After completing the Dosewallips hike, we will stop at Rocky Creek Falls, a 125 foot fall,  on the road back to Brinnon. This in an incredible little jewel of a waterfall that you will want to be back at in the summer on a hot day.

As always, please contribute to the car pool drivers vehicle expenses.


Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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