Olympic Discovery Trail East - Port Townsend

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The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the 126-mile Olympic Discovery Trail. This section of trail is named after Larry Scott, one of the many dedicated volunteers who have been working for 25 years to develop the Olympic Peninsula Trails.

In 1887, Port Townsend residents formed the Port Townsend & Southern Railroad to Quilcene, and passenger and freight service began in 1890. Passenger rail service west from Port Townsend to Port Angeles did not come until the early 1900s after logging work was well under way.

Before or after your trek on the trail, spend some time in Port Townsend, home of good food and great views, Victorian homes and artist shops, film festivals and loads of natural beachfront at Fort Worden State Park. The scenic city’s waterfront trailhead offers a view of the marina and beyond. The intermittent separated horse trail begins just beyond the trailhead, along with map and history kiosks.

A little climb to 2 road crossings introduces you to this peaceful community trail among maples, alders, firs and ferns. Rise up a small incline here and there and briefly parallel State Route 20. Pass under SR 20 as the railroad once did, at mile 2.6 and bear left. As you head up toward the road, a sign directs you straight to the roadside shoulder and right to the trail. Signs are placed on the road inviting road riders and pedestrians to pass under SR 20 rather than cross the bridge.

Pass under Discovery Road at 3 miles and relax into rural countryside, crossing a small road occasionally. Here an equestrian trail re-appears and heads up on the side hill. This pretty wooded section separated from Cape George Road meets the Cape George Trailhead at 3.6 miles.

Signs direct you to cross rural Edwards Road. Pass beside horses and the golf course hidden by trees, before crossing S. Discovery Road at 6.1 miles. Use caution. Notice benches on the other side, strategically placed atop the short hill just where the grade approaches 10%. Wind through the trees, again on the original railroad grade, and up to the Milo Curry trailhead at mile 7.3.

Parking and Trail Access

To reach the waterfront trailhead at Boat Haven from US 101, take SR 20 to Port Townsend. Turn right at the Haines Street traffic light and go straight into the boat yard towards the water. Park near the restroom. From the Port Townsend Ferry Dock, turn left to follow Water Street, then turn left at the Haines Street light into the boat yard.

To reach the Milo Curry trailhead from US 101, head toward Port Townsend on SR 20 and turn left onto S. Discovery Road. The trailhead is on the right.

Full restrooms can be found at Boat Haven and portable toilets are located at the Milo Curry and Cape George trailheads. Horse trailer turnarounds are available at both Milo Curry and Cape George.


New Addition to Olympic Discovery Trail

   June, 2013 by eckart

The numbers in [brackets] refer to the images posted herewith. A few days ago, I explored the new section of the Olympic Discovery Trail from S. Discovery Road near the Golf Course to Milo Curry Trailhead near Four Corners. Even the extremely useful ...read more

Olympic Discovery Trail East - Sound and Bay Section (= Larry Scott Memorial Trail; Jefferson County)

   June, 2012 by eckart

Although the web site at http://www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/trail_maps/pt_townsend.html already contains a detailed description of this trail, I wanted to add a few observations and images to the TrailLink web site. Miles are in (parentheses), GPS coordinates ...read more