Trail Run – Olympic National Park – Dosewallips Washed Out Road 2610

Trail: Road 2610 Dosewallips wash out to disused Dosewallips Ranger station.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Date: 2/23/2015

Distance: 11 miles, out and back/return trip.

Trailhead: 700 feet.

Highpoint: 1600 feet.

Elevation Gain: 900 feet.

Trail Difficulty: Easy.

Trail Notes: A gentle incline with occasional undulations and only 1 semi steep section up to the Ranger station, then a fast downhill back to the trailhead.

Pass/Parking: None required.

Weather Conditions: Low to mid 40’s F, bright blue sunny skies with no clouds and totally calm. Perfect.

Trail Running Details: Starts immediately after Elkhorn  campground where road 2610 comes to an abrupt end due to the major wash out of 2002. The initial trail traverses the slope high above the wash out before returning back down to the old road bed. Nature is doing her best to reclaim the remainder of the road but still gives ample room for hikers and joggers. There are many flat sections interspersed with the gradual incline as well as the occasional slight downhill before entering the Olympic National Park at around mile 3.8 and a change in the trail underfoot. The trail becomes narrower, more rocky, crosses an old rock avalanche and scouts underneath a huge basalt cliff before hitting the one steep section rising by Dosewallips Falls; an impressive thundering cataract. Above the falls the trail enters Muscott Flats, with views of snow capped peaks of the interior mountains, and guides you onto the disused campground and Olympic National Park Ranger station. This would be the normal spot to continue hikes deep into the mountains but for this trail run it’s our turn around. The uphill is never too severe but it’s definitely a jog rather than a run. The return trip to trailhead is a sheer delight though with full blown running in most areas. I didn’t see any animals this trip except a couple of ground squirrels and passed several small groups of hikers; surprising for a Monday. Views en-route were fairly plentiful mainly due to the time of season before the lushness of Spring and Summer.

Jog/Run Time: 55 mins up, 45 mins down (including photo stops). Total time 1 hr. 40 mins.

Running Gear: Breathable long sleeved tee-shirt, shorts, duo dry anklet socks, Nike Zoom running shoes, phone/camera and a windproof. (I did not take any other items or supplies as I was very familiar with the route and had 2 quarts of water in the truck to guzzle on my return).

Trailhead: Just North of Brinnon on Hwy 101 turn West onto 2610 signed as Dosewallips Recreation Area. Drive 8.7 miles until confronted with a very rough, rocky stream crossing; low ground clearance vehicles should probably not attempt to cross this but my full size pickup had plenty of clearance. If you have to park here it will add 1 mile each way to the run, otherwise continue on until just past Elkhorn campground. Plenty of roadside parking room prior to the wash out.

Road 2610 wash out beyond

Road 2610 wash out beyond

 

 

Trail run start after traversing wash out

Trail run start after traversing wash out

 

 

 

 

Typical road bed trail

Typical road bed trail

 

 

 

 

Mile 3.8 entering National Park

Mile 3.8 entering National Park

 

Rock avalanche

Rock avalanche

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dosewallips Falls

Dosewallips Falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

View W. from Muscott Flats

View W. from Muscott Flats

 

Dosewallips Ranger Station

Dosewallips Ranger Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Leaving Ranger station camp

 

 

Down hill speed limit !!

Down hill speed limit !!

 

Blow down

Blow down