The Olympic Adventure Trail – Get Out On the OAT
The Olympic Adventure Trail (OAT) is a 25-mile long, out-and-back route from the Elwha River to Lake Crescent for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. The mostly all-dirt trail runs through quiet, old-growth forests with breathtaking views of the Olympic Mountains and the Strait of Juan De Fuca.
A while back we told you about the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). The ODT is a 130-mile-long public path crossing the Olympic Peninsula from the city of Port Townsend to the beach at La Push. The Olympic Adventure Trail offers an alternate route for one leg of the ODT; between the Elwha River and Lake Crescent.
The main differences between the two routes are difficulty and traffic. The Olympic Discovery Trail is mostly paved and built at railroad grade. It’s also a popular trail and fairly well-traveled, year ’round.
The Olympic Adventure Trail, on the other hand, is a well-maintained, all-dirt trail over hilly, forested terrain. The trail was built by the Clallam County Sheriff’s Chain Gang for double and single-track riding. This more challenging route is also newer and lesser-known than the ODT, meaning a lot less traffic.
Getting Out On the Olympic Adventure Trail
Access to the OAT depends on where you want to start.
There are no fees to use the Olympic Adventure Trail. There are some campgrounds around Lake Crescent and ample opportunities for swimming in the lake’s crystal clear waters. The trail is well maintained and usable year-round, though it can get muddy in winter.
Learn more about the Olympic Adventure Trail online at the Olympic Discovery Trail website.
Olympic Peninsula Playground
Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is an unparalleled paradise of outdoor adventure. Whether you’re here to surf, hike, bike, climb, paddle, run, ride, or relax, you’ve come to the right place.