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
  • Weather: View weather forecast.
  • 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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Upcoming Activities

Intro to Backpacking Field Trip - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Field trip: Introduction to Backpacking
Overnight Backpacking Field trip. A fun trip along the Dosewallips River to check out your
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jun 1, 2019 - Sun, Jun 2, 2019
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes May 31
Tacoma Branch

Backpack - Dosewallips River

Backpacking Trip
Great location to start the backpacking season, dust off your gear and enjoy the Olympic
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jun 8, 2019 - Sun, Jun 9, 2019
No Prerequisites
7 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jun 6
Foothills Branch

Backpack - Dosewallips River

Backpacking Trip
Priority for Olympia Backpack Course students. Good practice hike with excellent camping in the old
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jun 29, 2019 - Sun, Jun 30, 2019
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 leader
Registration opens May 27
Olympia Branch

Olympia Explorers Backpacking - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Field trip: Explorers-Olympia
This is a great Backpacking trip for Olympia Explorers
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Aug 16, 2019 - Sat, Aug 17, 2019
No Prerequisites
11 participants
Registration closes Aug 14
Olympia Branch

Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Trip
Two night backpack with a camp at the Dose ranger station. Includes day trip to
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Sep 20, 2019 - Sun, Sep 22, 2019
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants
Registration opens Jun 24
Olympia Branch
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  • Dosewallips River
  • Lake Constance

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