Olympic Discovery Trail Anderson Lake Connection

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

Project will construct an additional 2.7 miles of the non-motorized, multi-use Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) in Jefferson County, WA. Once completed, the ODT will span 130 miles from the Port Townsend Ferry Terminal to the Pacific Ocean at La Push, Clallam County. The ODT is part of the Great American Rail Trail that runs across the USA. This segment of the ODT will also be part of the Pacific Northwest National Scenic Trail that runs from Glacier National Park, in Montana, to the Olympic National Park. The concept for the ODT started in the mid-1980’s when the railroad pulled up its tracks. By 1989 Jefferson County was involved in converting the old railway bed into the RCO funded Larry Scott Trail, which runs 7.3 miles from the Port Townsend Marina to the Milo Curry Road trailhead. In 2016 Jefferson Co received a WA State Legislative appropriation which funded the planning, ROW acquisition, and engineering for this segment. The location of this current trail segment connects the existing trailhead at the Jefferson Transit Authority facility through Pope Timber uplands to the boundary of Anderson Lake State Park. Constructing this segment will allow trail users, including the urban population of Port Townsend, to access the State Park on 10 miles of trail, with only 1/3 mile of non-trail travel. Recreational opportunities will include walking, running, bicycling, horseback riding, rollerblading, bird watching, and forest wildlife observing for trail users of all abilities.

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Jefferson Co Public Works Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $ 2,189,020.50 Applicant Match: $ 1,189,020.50 Project Type: Development County: Jefferson Legislative District: 24 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1745

Location Details

From State Route 20, turn east on Four Corners Road, travel 0.06 miles, turn left (north) at the first driveway into the Jefferson Transit Authority (63 Four Corner Road) to park. From Jefferson Transit Authority, the trail is proposed along the south side of Four Corners Road, 0.1 miles to the east, then south for 2.6 miles to the boundary of Anderson Lake State Park.

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.