The Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) encompasses about 126 miles between the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. The trail travels eastwest the width of the Olympic Peninsula between Port Angeles and the Pacific Ocean at La Push, home to the Quileute Native Peoples. As of autumn 2011, roughly 40 miles of the paved ODT are complete.
The Olympic Discovery Trail is a continuation of the Iron Horse State Park Trail
and the John Wayne Pioneer Trail
. The ODT also forms a significant portion of several larger trails, including Senator Patty Murray's proposed Olympic Peninsula Loop Trail and the Seattle-Vancouver-Victoria-Port Angeles to Seattle Loop.
Part of the ODT will follow the corridor of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad. The trail passes along tribal lands and incorporates historical sites of interest, as well as providing scenic views of the mountains and the sea.
The Port Townsend section of the Olympic Discovery Trail is known locally at the Larry Scott Trail in memory of the cycling enthusiast and advocate who built the momentum to construct the trail. When complete, the trail will extend from Port Townsend to Blyn. As of autumn 2011, 7.8 miles are complete; in Port Townsend the trail runs from Washington St. at 10th St. (by the marina) to Discovery Rd. south of Snagstead Way (6.1 miles). In Blyn the trail is just two short sections along Old Blyn Highway east of Sequim Bay and south around the tip of the bay in Blyn to Corriea Road. Another 19 miles are temporarily on paved roads. Cyclists can download cue sheets for linking the two segments from the ODT website (under "Related Links" to the right).
To continue west, carry on along the Olympic Discovery Trail East Central River and Prairie Section
To date you can access the Sound and Bay Section of the ODT from three trailheads:
Port Townsend, at the Boat Haven 1 mile south of city center; parking and restrooms
On Cape George Road 0.6 mile west of Discovery Road; parking, horse loading, restrooms, water
On Hwy 101 at the foot of Sequim Bay (Blyn Pullout); parking, restrooms, tourist information
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 ...
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 ...