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Olympic Peninsula, Wa

Dosewallips/Lake Constance

Directions: On Highway 101, head toward the “city” of Brinnon. Turn on Dosewallips Road/National Forest Development Road 2610. Follow this road 7 miles as it turns into a dirt road. The road, which has been washed out for years, ends at a campground. Park along the road, as the trailhead is at the end of the road.

 

Dosewallips River

Dosewallips River

Easy Hike- Take your friends and family along the easy hike along the Dosewallips River, walking where the old road used to go to enter the National Park. This is a pretty flat hike, with a few views but a ton of rabbits, deer and other local flora and fauna.

Dosewallips Trailhead

Dosewallips Trailhead

At 3.5 miles to the Lake Constance Trail Head, this is a nice long day hike for anyone. Only a few hills get in the way, and it is pretty amazing to walk along a road that has been overgrown for only a few years. You can truly see the power of nature on this trail. You will soon cross a bridge, but right before the bridge, stop off and walk a few feet off the trail to see Cassandra Falls. This hidden gem makes the path worth it no matter what the weather! If the distance is too long, walk to the entry of the Olympic National Park, which is only about 2 miles and come back to the campground to soak your feet in the cold river water. Look for eagles and salmon in the river as well!

 

Cassandra Falls

Cassandra Falls

Beast Mode: Take the trail to the Lake Constance Trail head. This trail, with over 2000 feet elevation gain in 2 miles, is probably one of the hardest hikes on the Olympic Peninsula. With the trail being little more than an animal path that goes straight up, even the best hiker gets winded. Prepare for a leg burning if you do this!

 

Be prepared for Sore Legs: Lake Constance Trail

Be prepared for Sore Legs: Lake Constance Trail

 

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