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Day Hike - Olympic Discovery Trail: Olympic Adventure Route

Easy spring hike along a portion of the North Olympic Adventure Route, a multi-use trail near the Elwha Valley.

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  • Easy
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 730 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

 We will be meeting at 8:00 AM at the  North Kitsap Viking Park & Ride located near Highway 3/305 interchange in Poulsbo (21711 Vetter Road). 

It's about an 1 1/2 hour drive to the trailhead plus a short stop in Blyn at the Tribe's  Longhouse Market & Deli (there are also restrooms).   

We will then head through Port Angeles, hop onto the 101, then turn right onto the 112.   The NOAR trailhead will be on the left side of the road and is less than 10 minutes from the turn.  

If we have 3 drivers, then the option to thru hike to the Eden's Crossing TH with a shuttle will be made available.   These trailheads are no more than 15 minutes apart.  This means 7.2 mi total; and on the first half of the hike  there will be 600' gain & on the second half  there will be a 450' loss followed by a 550' gain.    Following the mid-point, there is usually a drop off in the crowds since the trail narrows,  with mostly hikers, trail runners, and occasional bikepackers travelling on towards Lake Crescent.   

If we have 1-2 drivers, then the option to hike to the Living Room (as the turn around) will be made available.  This means 7.0 mi total  with 600' gain.   This is the more heavily used portion of the trail since it has horse and bike access. 

Optional meal after the hike; and will depend on the timing of the group's return to Kitsap... 

 

 

 

 

   

 

This hike can get alittle muddy following storms, so boots that can handle muck and trekking poles are highly recommended.   The route typically is  foggy and only nearby ridgeline/hills are visible.    This is more an "in the woods" type hike. 

Regardless of our route, the "Living Room" will be our mid-point rest/lunch stop.  It is a popular since there is a picnic table and log benches & for a small view into the Elwha valley.  If it's busy, your sit pad or jacket might come in handy.    

And if the road time is a concern, please consider contacting the Elwha Dam RV Park; they  should have tent sites available even in the winter months.  

(360) 452-7054   www.elwadamrvpark.com 

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Olympic Discovery Trail: Olympic Adventure Route


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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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