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.

notes

  • 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
Map
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Activities

Upcoming Activities

Basic Backpacking Field Trip - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Field trip: Basic Backpacking
2 Nights field trip for the Basic Backpacking Course. This is the last scheduled activity
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, May 28, 2021 - Sun, May 30, 2021
No Prerequisites
1 participant
Registration closes May 26
Seattle Branch

Overnight Camp - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Summer Camp - Olympia
Day 1 of our backpacking trip to Elkhorn Campground
Difficulty: Moderate
Tue, Jul 27, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jul 18
Olympia Branch

Overnight Camp - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Summer Camp - Olympia
Day 2 of our backpacking trip to Elkhorn Campground
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Jul 28, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Jul 18
Olympia Branch

Overnight Camp - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Summer Camp - Olympia
Day 3 of backpack trip.
Difficulty: Moderate
Thu, Jul 29, 2021
No Prerequisites
7 participants
Registration closes Aug 10
Olympia Branch

Backpack - Dosewallips River/Abandoned National Park Road

Backpacking Trip
PREFERENCE TO OLYMPIA BRANCH BACKPACKING COURSE PARTICIPANTS.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 7, 2021 - Sun, Aug 8, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration opens Jun 28
Olympia Branch
Trip Reports
Titles

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  • Dosewallips River
  • Dosewallips River Road Trail
  • Lake Constance
Resources
Name/Description
Dosewallips Road GPS Track, Distance and Elevation Particulars

This image shows the approximate route of the hike from the end of the Dosewallips Road washout to the Dosewallips National Campground. Also included is the elevation profile, ascent-descent values, and total mileage.

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