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greenBlue Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route (aka the OAT)

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25.9 mile 41.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 3,796' 1,157 m
Descent: -3,595' -1,096 m
High: 1,448' 441 m
Low: 421' 128 m


Avg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 33% (18°)


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

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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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May 12, 2019
Sweet ride. Trails were very well maintained. 25.9mi
Sep 29, 2018
Bryan Foster
Jul 10, 2018
tyler whelan
Jul 4, 2018
Eric Cardella
Rode to Lake Crescent and back for a nice overnight. 50mi — 24h 00m
Jul 3, 2018
Nate Zgnilec
Jul 2, 2018
Schandra Loveless
So fun and scenic! 20.1mi
Oct 28, 2017
Jeffrey J. Hummel
Jun 21, 2017
Leslie Kehmeier
Awesome route!

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  4.9 from 14 votes


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  4.9 from 14 votes
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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
Maxuel Boyel
Vancouver, BC
Maxuel Boyel   Vancouver, BC
Is it possible/good idea to do this trail with a gravel bike/ adventure bike? Or you gotta have a mountain bike. Thanks! Apr 5, 2019

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