Explore the most popular trails in Dosewallips State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

bird watching
21 days ago

Such a beautiful, peaceful place. Quite dynamic too; each time it the river and the shore look so different. Very interesting. Good parking. Easy Park to find; right off of 101.

1 month ago

alot of roots and rocks on trail, ankle twister. no elk

1 month ago

Great for dogs and kids. Plenty of ways to make it longer or shorter too.

We hiked this trail last week on a rainy day. The fall colors were still spectacular and the streams were full and beautiful. I hiked it with my daughter, son-in law and little grand daughter. I thought the trail was fairly easy though a little slippery due to the rain. I would love to come back and walk the trail again. The elk and harbor seals at the parking area were also a plus

Went on a cool day in mid October. Fall colors were great. Nobody else on the trail. We parked at ranger station. About 1 mile in, my kids got attacked by hornets. 3 kids got stung. Nobody allergic. I went up to where they got stung and heard more buzzing. Had to turn around. Definitely recommend rocky brooks falls if you are in this area. Very short walk with amazing falls.

The trail was well maintained with the exception of a tree that had fallen on the trail perfectly covering the trail. Took a couple minutes to figure out where the trail was supposed to go but were able to get over it and move along. At the trail head there were a herd of elk in the camp ground that were neat to see. Also parking at the ranger station requires a discovery pass.

Beautiful trail system close to the campground. Mossy trees, old railroad grade, small bridges over dry creeks in August made for a nice short hike.

Great 2 hour hike. Kids loved it - ages 9, 8, 5 and 2.

There are few different trails at this park. We started on the Maple Valley trail and at the service road we switched over to the Steam Donkey Trail. Both these trails are very beautiful. Under a canopy of evergreen cedar, fir and spruce tree the trail rises and falls. Very few hikers travel these trails. We didn’t see a single person the entire hike.

6 months ago

This was a nice trail. It was a little difficult for me to find. Directions took me to parking that I had to cross Highway 101 to get to trailhead. I didn't find any signs/directions to TH from parking. I hiked it on cool, drizzly summer day. The trail was cleared but waterfall was basically dried up.

Good steep uphills no matter which way you start! Peaceful and pretty. Only draw back would be kind of hard to tell if you’re actually following the right path or if you’ve veered off...which we did. Trail is narrow in most areas but still a great hike

Did the Maple Valley loop part of this trail on 5/19/2019 and it was really nice. Totally dry, well maintained. The first part of the Maple Valley loop is the prettiest. It starts just to the right of the big grassy field behind the ranger station. There’s a bathroom there too. You follow along above the river for awhile with lots of ferns, moss and huge trees. Across a couple bridges then the trail starts going up a bit and away from the river. The last part is down the maintenance road if you don’t take the donkey trail part. Only one other person seen on a nice Sunday

A beautiful, quiet hike through the forest, near the Dosewallips campground. You can do the 3 mile loop by combining the Steam Donkey and the Maple Valley trails, or the shorter 2.3 mile loop by turning back to the campground earlier. The trail is mostly flat but also has enough elevation changes to provide a good workout.

Meadow view to steam donkey

Well maintained trail which provides a relaxing hike. Pretty moderate incline to begin but steadies out after a while. Trail provides some beautiful waterfalls, numerous moss covered trees and some displays highlighting the logging history of the region.

Tue Jan 22 2019

A few inclines on the way in but the rest is downhill. A few Nice little waterfalls.

A nice little hike. Enough to get my blood pumping.

Gorgeous green mossy woods with several waterfall crossings. Also saw elk at the end!

We visited this trail on January 2nd when the state parks were free the moss was a bright green! A great hike for dogs. We saw a few waterfalls with on the maple trail.

Enjoyable hike through moss covered trees and brides

A nice family hike. There were definitely some slippery spots, but overall a pretty easy hike.

A nice trail with some good uphill and technical terrain. Combined with Maple Valley Trail and Rhody Shortcut you can create a nice challenging run.

We didnt make that because you need a pass to the state park or Fee is 10$.

Great hike! We will be back in the spring when the falls and creeks aren't dry but it was beautiful.

My wife and I took our kids (2 & 3) out for this hike. Relatively easy hike. Everything was dried up except Dosewallips River so it was not incredibly rewarding. There was a tree across the Maple Valley Trail but the rangers had already headed out to take care of it. We will be back in the winter but not high on our priorities. My 3 year old fell off the bridge because he tripped over the middle railing in disrepair and landed on the rocks below so be careful with your little ones!!

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