Olympic Discovery Trail is a 138.5 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Port Townsend, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
The route of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) traverses almost 130 miles of lowlands, bordered on the south by the Olympic Mountain Range and on the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca. It starts in the Victorian seaport of Port Townsend and ends on the shores of the Pacific Ocean. The ODT is mostly a bicycle and walking trail that will eventually be paved. At the moment there are many gravel sections but mostly you will be on roads. Construction started in the 90s. Completed sections now total 69 miles, with another 9 miles under construction (May 2015). Right of way agreements are in place for over 87 miles. This website shows the entire route, with temporary on-road routes, approximating the final route, shown connecting the completed portions. Planning information is provided for the resulting 126.2 mile trail. In many ways the ODT is a major highway for non-motorized travelers, spanning the entire peninsula. We have included a Side Trips Section, providing information and maps for towns along the trail and for natural attractions along the way that can be easily reached from ODT on side roads or trails.
This is one of my favorite places to walk in Port Townsend. At this end, the trail runs along the shore for a little over a mile. Eagles, herons, otters & seals are often seen. In Spring, wildflowers put on a great show as do many species of nesting birds (swallows & goldfinch are my favorite). In fall, blackberries are abundant. There are also a naval munitions depot & a paper mill nearby to remind you this is not paradise.
the stench along the trail heading west is pretty bad.
In Sequim, Port Angeles, Port Townsend, and Lake Crescent this trail is very nice for biking, walking, and running. The plan is to have a paved trail across the Olympic Peninsula (130 miles).
I do a lot of bicycle touring and this is going to be a great route to take when done. At the moment you do have to ride on roads some of which are gravel. I prefer gravel to paved paths but I am a huge advocate for us cyclist to have our own road system.