Olympic Discovery Trail – Olympic Adventure Trail – OAT Run 2

Trail: West End, Olympic Adventure Trail – OAT, Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Date: 5/10/2015

Distance: 24 miles, out and back/return trip.

Trailhead: 600 feet.

Highpoint: 1300 feet approx.

Elevation Gain: 700 feet approx.

Trail Difficulty: Easy.

Trail Notes: First 3 miles are flat on wide non-paved DNR road, then 1 mile up gradually steepening narrow gravel road before entering single track trail system. Well marked.

Pass/Parking: None required.

Weather Conditions: Low to mid 50’s F, lightly overcast skies. Winds calm increasing to light but chilly headwind in exposed areas on the return journey.

Trail Running Details: Today’s trail run started at the West end of the OAT at mile post 25, (MP25). My intention was to run East to MP13 before returning to my parked car. I had already completed the first 13 miles from the East direction 4/04/15, (click Here). Once I reached the single track trail near MP21 the jogging and scenery became enjoyable. Great views of the Straights of Juan De Fuca and Vancouver Island from the many open areas of the trail. Every so often there were benches and tables strategically placed to take in the views and I took advantage of one near MP17 for snacks and short rests on my outward and return journey.

Even though there is less elevation gain in this direction its gradual, persistent uphill was quite taxing and the high point seemed to be somewhere between MP14 and MP13. I needed a rest and sustenance at MP13 and took a 10 min break before setting off on my return. It was predominantly shallow downhill but I was barely able to jog with ease, except for 2 or 3 miles, because my body was tired and sore from the first half. Nothing was bad, just annoying tightness from low back and occasional hip and knee discomfort. I found myself waddle jogging the last 6 miles to complete my sojourn.

After completing today’s run I have now run both directions of the entire OAT trail. It is a marvelous trail run and I would have liked to have done the entire thru-route in one go; but a lone runner with one car has limitations!!

Wild Life: Squirrels, Lizard, Garter Snake, Butterflies, Birds, Bear Poop, Flowers including white and purple Trillium and ever-present insects.

Jogging Time: Just under 5 hours plus 20 mins for photos and nourishment stops.

Running Gear: Breathable short sleeved tee-shirt, shorts, Duo Dry anklet socks, Montrail Mountain Marauder running shoes, phone/camera, light long sleeved fleece, light windproof jacket and leggings, Camelbak back pack.

Food and drink: 1 quart water, 1 PowerBar performance energy blend, 2 organic Mama Chia 3.5 oz Chia Squeeze vitality snacks (very yummy), 1 lemon zest Luna Bar, 1 Spam 2.5 oz single classic, 3 cheese sticks, 1 Cliff Bar (not eaten).

Trailhead: Turn North off Hwy 101 onto East Beach Rd which hugs the NE shore of Lake Crescent. Follow towards Spruce Railroad trail head and you’ll pass some upright posts with a large empty board on the right that probably once had info about the Olympic Discovery Trail, however, there are two small signs with white blazes on a blue background designating Olympic Discovery Trail on one of the posts. Park directly opposite. Plenty of room. Map.

West End Trailhead

West End Trailhead

3 Miles In

3 Miles In

 

4 Miles In. Enter Single Track

4 Miles In. Enter Single Track

Open Views

Open Views

Swirlies

Swirlies

Trylium

Trillium

View of Straights of Juan De Fuca

View of Straights of Juan De Fuca

Near MP17

Near MP17

MP13

MP13