Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Dosewallips River via the Abandoned National Park Road is a moderate day hike of 11 miles with 1,100 feet of gain. This hike parallels the Dosewallips River and showcases the fall foliage. It is an easy hike along the abandonded National Park road that offers many opportunities for photos.

driving directions

Head east on the Dosewallips River Road from US 101. It's about 10 mi to the trailhead where the road is washed out.

on the trail

Hike east along the river on the abandoned Dosewalips Road. Staring at 600 ft, the road is nearly flat for the first mile or so and then gradually climbs to 1,600 feet at the Dosewalips Camp 5.5 mi from the trailhead. From the camp, there is the 1.1 mi, 100 ft elevation gain Dosewallips Terrace Nature Trail.


  • This is great as both a day hike for any portion of the road/trail or as an easy weekend backpacking trip.
  • For those with extra energy, the nature trail  loop at the camp is a nice addition.
  • For those wanting a workout, the Lake Constance Trailhead is 4 mi from the road washout/trailhead at 1,400 ft. It's 2.2 mi one-way and 3,300 ft of elevation gain.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Trail Running
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October
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  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 11.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • 1,600 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
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