Olympic Discovery Trail Hike West From Dungeness River Audubon Center

Hike Distance: 7.3 miles      Yearly Hike Distance: 1308.6 miles

Elevation Gain: 273 feet      Yearly Elevation Gain: 136540 feet

Carol and I traveled to Sequim, WA for a long birthday weekend celebration; for my 60th!  Being that this was a travel day, we decided to stay close to the hotel, in order to maximize our time on the trail.

We have an affinity for hiking the Olympic Discovery Trail, and this section was new to us.  We parked in a small overflow lot just outside the Dungeness River Audubon Center.  There was parking inside the Audubon Center but we decided not to move the car.  This turned out to be a good decision as we didn’t get back until after the gate was locked!

A short distance into the Audubon center we noticed singing that was going on and decided to investigate.  There was a beautiful ceremony going on, and was conducted by the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe.  We didn’t stay very long but an elder of the tribe was talking about how songs are passed on as tradition.  If it weren’t already late we would have remained longer to see this tradition!

We visited the Dungeness River for a short while and stopped to take some pictures of the trestle bridge.  We then headed out over the 730 foot long bridge and were in awe of its length, and the phenomenal view of the Dungeness River!  A truly spectacular structure!

We continued on this asphalted trail, that is sometimes in the forest, and other times strolling by open fields.  There is even an airport just off this section.   There were also some road crossings and a short walk along the bicycle lane of a road.  Very few people were on the trail while we visited.  A wonderful hike that worked out well for a late start!