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Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route (aka the OAT)

Intermediate
 4.9 (23)

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


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Map Key

25.9

Miles

41.8

KM

Singletrack

1,448' 441 m

High

421' 128 m

Low

3,796' 1,157 m

Up

3,595' 1,096 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

33%

Max Grade (18°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.9 from 23 votes

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in Port Angeles

#278

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  4.9 from 23 votes
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in Port Angeles

#2

in Washington

#278

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Photos

View from the top of the first climb.
Dec 24, 2017 near Port An…, WA
A rider carefully navigates a creek crossing on the OAT.
Nov 30, 2016 near Port An…, WA
The OAT is perfectly manicured in many sections.
Dec 1, 2016 near Port An…, WA
The "Living Room" on the OAT provides a great view of Mount Carrie in the distance.
Nov 30, 2016 near Port An…, WA
Top of first climb.
Dec 24, 2017 near Port An…, WA
The OAT offers visitors a great taste of classic Pacific Northwest singletrack.
Nov 30, 2016 near Port An…, WA

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Jun 25, 2022
Kate McPherson
Top quality forest mountain biking, suitable for intermediate riders. Moderate climbing and only some technical challenges. Super fun on pedal-assist! 7mi — 1h 40m
Jul 7, 2021
Myles Stolier
Apr 5, 2021
Toivo Kaija
Rode a portion of the Discovery trail from Port Angeles to the start of the OAT. Great ride! No issues all the way to Lake Crescent.
Jul 29, 2020
Matthias Schabel
Most of this ride is fantastic, flowy singletrack with moderate grades and minimal technical riding. I'd recommend skipping the last 4 miles of dirt. 25.9mi — 11h 00m
Jun 29, 2020
Kara Rowe
With ATK near Elwha 7mi — 1h 30m
Oct 5, 2019
Joe Luis
Aug 7, 2019
Jason Mann
May 30, 2019
Amy Boos