Dosewallips State Park is a 425-acre, year-round camping park with 5,500 feet of saltwater shoreline on Hood Canal and 5,400 feet of freshwater shoreline on either side of the Dosewallips River. The park is unique in that it offers both freshwater and saltwater activities. All camp areas are grassy and located in scenic, rustic settings.
Kimberly F. on Dosewallips Steam Donkey Trail
Great trail, but all the falls were dry. Still worth the effort.
Michael E. on Mount Jupiter Trail
Tough but worth the views. It's actually 14.4 miles. Make sure to check if logging road gate will be open (usually is after May 1st). Otherwise add 5 miles to your hike.
Cool trail close to Kitsap county. The trail is not maintained and at first glance the real trail head is next to the sign and goes to the right its very tiny at the start we didn't notice it right away and we wasted about an hour or so so look out for that. We went on October 25th 2015. The entrance was closed due to hunting season so it adds a mile and half to the trail which wasn't bad. There aren't any toilets so come prepared, lots of water. Would go again watch out for loose gravel and there's a lot of fallen trees in certain areas would go back.
My boys (4 and 5 years old) have three criteria they want in a trail: Trees, bridges, and waterfalls. We went in early September and this trail had two of the three, with signs of the third. With the extreme dryness we had this summer, there was very little water to be found. Other then that, this trail was great and we look forward to doing it again!
We camped here for Father's Day Weekend, Fri - Sun.
Pros: amazing showers, clean facilities, friendly park rangers, firewood available, spaces are reservable, located near plenty of outdoor fun.
Cons: some sites very close to each other, lots of gravel to sleep on, on a noticeable slope, could hear Hwy 101 from our campsite 24 hours a day. This included the semis at 3:00 a.m. I've never seen a campground this noisy.
Recommendations: try to reserve a space in the 80's. We were in the 50's, and those are all near the road. We walked around and found the 80's have BEAUTIFUL views of the water, and we didn't really hear the road noise from there. Also, expect it to be colder than the forecasted weather - you're near the water! If you can't get a space in the 80's, consider bringing some ear plugs.
Yes, we would go back to this campground, but only if we get get one of the better sites. Otherwise, we may check out some of the other campgrounds in the area.
This was a nice, easy hike. It's rated as moderate and estimated to be a 3-hour hike. However, we found it to be fairly easy--not a lot of treacherous terrain or terribly steep grades considering the location. Also, we made the hike in about 90 minutes. Really pretty views of the waterfall, Dosewallips River, and forest. Our dogs enjoyed the hike as well. We went on a Saturday in late January. The weather was nice and we only saw a couple of other hikers the whole day.
Easy trail for the whole family to enjoy, a couple steep downgrades to maneuver past that may cause some to back crawl on all four, but overall an easy hike and awesome view of the river and campsites below. If you bring your child, keep them close and hold their hands when needed. It was a pretty fun hike for my 3yr old girl who was cracking up the entire time, hopping and skipping when we had the chance & piggy back rides when needed.