Exploring a segment or two of the Olympic Discovery Trail needs to be on your list of things to do this year! The trail begins in the charming waterfront town of Port Townsend at the Salish Sea and continues out to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in La Push, Washington. Along the way, you’ll encounter views of snow-capped mountains, expansive waterways, picturesque waterfalls, rivers, streams, pristine lakes, and the majestic old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest.
The Olympic Discovery Trail traverses nearly 130 miles of the Olympic Peninsula. Riders and hikers will encounter some of the most beautiful scenery the Olympic Peninsula has to offer. The Olympic Mountain Range borders the trail to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the north. It’s known for its stunning views, so you’ll have to take your time and break along the way to soak it all up during your adventure.
One of the best places to stay along the Olympic Discovery Trail is Sequim, Washington. Located in the rainshadow of the Olympic Mountains, our quiet small town encounters more dry sunny days throughout the year than most other towns in the Pacific Northwest, making it a worthy and incredible travel destination all year long. For the best Sequim lodging, you’ll want to choose our private waterfront cottages overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our six comfortable cabins offer the perfect homebase for those who love to head outdoors and explore. Book our Sequim lodging property today!
Explore the Beautiful Olympic Discovery Trail near Sequim
The Olympic Discovery Trail is ideal for taking in all the beautiful and varied landscapes the Olympic Peninsula offers! This spectacular trail spans more than 130 miles for year-round recreation opportunities for walkers, runners, bikers, and even those on horseback. The winding path of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) wanders through farmland, open fields, stunning forests, and charming small towns along the water, ending at the Pacific Ocean.
The 130 miles of this spectacular trail are broken up into four segments: East, East Central, West, and West Central. Here are the best things to know about the Olympic Discovery Trail:
- History and Restoration: The planning for this expanse multi-use trail began in 1988, but the actual start dates back to the early 1900s when the Spruce Railroad transported logs from the forest to the Port Angeles lumber mill. The railroad was abandoned in 1951 until three young cyclists came together to form the Peninsula Trails Coalition, and the old railroad lines were restored. Along the 130 miles, you’ll encounter restored railroad bridges and tunnels, making this route an unforgettable ride or hike.
- East Trail Segment: The East trail begins in the charming waterfront town of Port Townsend and extends about 27 miles to the city of Blyn on Sequim Bay. Most of this section is paved roadways, making it a perfect route for beginner bikers or hikers. Along this segment, you’ll see stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and Discovery Bay.
- East Central Trail Segment: This next part of the Olympic Discovery Trail takes you through Sequim and about 26 miles to Port Angelos. The East Central segment is known for its nine bridges that span creeks and rivers that flow north from the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Much of this route covers the old railroad lines.
- West Central Trail Segment: Next up is the West Central Trail, which runs from Port Angeles across the Elwha River, along the coastal lowlands and Lake Crescent. There are plenty of spectacular stops along this segment to view wildlife and waterfalls. You’ll head through restored railroad tunnels and glide along the bluffs of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
- West Trail Segment: The trail’s final segment is West Trail, which is the longest in length at over 41 miles. It begins at the Mount Muller Trailhead and continues to the Quileute Indian Tribe reservation, including LaPush.
The Best Sequim Lodging Properties for Your Northwest Adventures
The Dungeness Bay Cottages stand out from other Sequim lodging properties due to their elegant design, long list of amenities, and location along the stunning waterfront. You’ll be steps away from the rugged coastline of the Strait on your own private beach for bonfires, picnics, and treasure hunting among the driftwood and colorful rocks of our Northwest shores. We can guarantee you’ll see some of the most beautiful sunsets from the windows of our cottages!
With six options to choose from, our Sequim lodging property is ideal for couples or families traveling together along the Olympic Discovery Trail. Use our cottages as your homebase as you head out on hiking and biking excursions. In the evenings, on your return, you’ll have everything you need to rest up and recoup, including hot tubs, a barbeque grill, and comfortable couches and beds for relaxation.
Each of the cottages of our Sequim lodging property comes fully equipped with kitchens and kitchenettes, making preparing meals and snacks a breeze during your stay. If you don’t feel like cooking, there’s a fantastic selection of Sequim restaurants and cafes for all types of dining, from upscale to casual eats. There’s nothing quite like exploring the Olympic Discovery Trail by bike or on foot and then spending a lively evening with friends and family. Start planning your next getaway to the Olympic Peninsula, and book our cottages today!