Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Dosewallips River via the Abandoned National Park Road is a moderate day hike of 13 miles round trip with 1,200 feet of elevation 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.

getting there

Head east on the Dosewallips River Road from US-101. It's about  9 miles to the trailhead where the road is washed out (600 ft).

on the trail

Hike east along the river on the abandoned Dosewalips Road. Staring at 500 ft, the road is nearly flat for the first couple miles and then gradually climbs to 1,700 feet at the Dosewalips Camp 6.5 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 5 miles 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: 13.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,200 ft
  • 1,600 ft
  • Land Manager: Olympic National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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Upcoming Activities

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
0 participants
Registration closed Aug 25
Olympia Branch

Olympia Explorers Backpacking - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Field trip: Explorers-Olympia
A fun Backpacking trip for Olympia Explorers
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jun 13, 2020 - Sun, Jun 14, 2020
No Prerequisites
8 participants 5 chaperones
Registration closes Jun 11
Olympia Branch
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  • Dosewallips River
  • Dosewallips River Road Trail
  • Lake Constance

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