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blueBlack Dosewallips River Trail

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13.1 mile 21.1 kilometer point to point
87% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 3,701' 1,128 m
Descent: -808' -246 m
High: 4,495' 1,370 m
Low: 1,602' 488 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

Follow the Dosewallips River as you ascend deep into the ancient forests of Olympic NP.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildlife

No bikes and pets past the NP boundary but people bring them in as far as the DW campgrounds.

Runner Notes

There is a lot of downfall on the Constance Pass Trail that is not navigable. The River Trail is a mellow, steady climbing trail that is a favorite of mine for Marathon and 50K training.

Description

This well-maintained trail travels through an ancient montane forest as it trends uphill at moderate grades. To get to the trailhead, follow the Dosewallips Rd. Trail from the washout for 5.5 miles to the ranger station. If you choose to run the entirety of this trail, you'll reach Hayden Pass. The pass usually melts out in early July. Lower sections are snow-free much of the year but often have snow in winter and spring.

About two miles from the ranger station, you'll encounter a junction with the West Fork Dosewallips River Trail followed shortly thereafter by the Constance Pass Trail. Continue straight through both intersections to stay on the Dosewallips River Trail. Although this trail might not be as popular as many other trails in the Park, the scenery is still breathtaking. On the plus side, this trail sees far less traffic than the Park's most popular trails.

Flora & Fauna

Fern, a lot of moss over trees, and rocks, cedars, pines, elk, and deer.

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