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Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route (aka the OAT)

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Length

25.9 Miles 41.8 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

3,796' 1,157 m

Ascent

-3,595' -1,096 m

Descent

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

1,448' 441 m

High

421' 128 m

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Well-maintained singletrack from Hwy 112 near the Elwha River to Lake Crescent.

Brian Smith

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Description

Officially called the Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route, locals call this point-to-point trail the OAT. It's a 25-mile point-to-point singletrack trail from Hwy 112 to Lake Crescent featuring long inclines and descents along the way. The first 3.5 miles are mostly uphill until the Living Room, where you're rewarded with a stout wooden bench and great views of the Bailey Range to the south.

From the Living Room, continue west for more rolling hills and switchbacks, deep mossy forest, and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, Canada, to the north. Around MP20, you'll cross a paved road, the Joyce-Piedmont road. At MP 21 you hit a gravel logging road; take a right, follow it all the way to the bottom of the hill, then turn left and continue on to Lake Crescent.

PARKING: The main eastern trailhead is next to the small parking turnout on Hwy 112 near the Elwha River, about 15 minutes west of Port Angeles. More parking (and portapotty) is available nearby off Dan Kelly Road (watch for the sign saying Olympic Discovery Trail/Adventure Route Equestrian Parking). Small parking area at MP 20, Joyce-Piedmont road.

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Oct 28, 2017
Jeffrey J. Hummel
Jun 21, 2017
Leslie Kehmeier
Awesome route!
Dec 18, 2016
Jesse Dn
Uh. Almost unrideable. Lots of snow hike-a-bike 22.5mi
Aug 28, 2016
Victor Mesny
Great singletrack flow. Very well maintained.
Jul 2, 2016
Linda Hebert
Jun 24, 2016
Linda Hebert
May 7, 2016
Nick Stroud
Very well maintained and awesome singletrack. Just gotta watch out for the stinging nettle this time of year. Keep in mind no water or food stops. 47mi

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  5.0 from 7 votes

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in Port Angeles

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A great MULTI-USE trail. Sep 26, 2017
Not sure why this isn't a featured trail - it is incredible singletrack that flows beautifully. The only complaint might be that there are no technical sections. I like to ride this West to East, starting at Joyce-Piedmont. Or sometimes I just do a short out and back from the 112 (Elwha) trailhead. Another fun loop is to start in Joyce, ride up Joyce-Access Road, then head West on the trail (just past MP 16) to the end, then back over Joyce-Piedmont for the return. Any way you do it, this is an amazing trail, especially before MP 22 or so. Dec 24, 2017

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