Elwha River Ped. Bridge/ODT Link

Category Overview

Trails grants help communities and recreation areas fund the creation and improvement of trails for walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, and cross-country skiing. These grants help make communities more livable, create regional trails systems, and open up beautiful outdoor spaces for people to enjoy. WWRP is the largest source of trail support in the state of Washington.

Project Highlights

The Elwha River Pedestrian Bridge – Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) Link project will construct the key 792′ pedestrian bridge connection over the Elwha River and 2.3 miles of former railroad grade into an ADA-accessible regional trail. This bridge and trail segment will link 30 miles of existing ODT east of the Elwha River with the newly constructed 20 miles of ODT “Adventure Route” west of the Elwha River. In addition to linking two existing segments of regional trail, the 14-foot-wide pedestrian bridge will provide outstanding views of the spectacular Elwha River Valley. The ODT will eventually cross the North Olympic Peninsula from Port Townsend to Forks.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Clallam County of Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $999,500.00 Applicant Match: $1,079,800.00 Project Type: Development County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Closed Completed RCO Project # 06-1718

Location Details

Take US 101 to Port Angeles and continue through town and 4 miles west of town on US 101 until the intersection of Laird Road. Turn right on Laird Road, go north 1 mile, turn left on Elwha River Road and proceed to Elwha River One Lane Bridge. Water level under the bridge can be accessed on the east side of the river on the steep Crown Z Water Road.

What is the WWRP

The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program (WWRP) is a state grant program that creates and conserves local and state parks, wildlife habitat and working farms. The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office administers WWRP grants, and the legislature funds the program.