Olympic Discovery Trail Forks to La Push

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 Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) connects communities, parks, and other destinations along the 135-mile planned route (61% complete) from Port Townsend to La Push. This project seeks funding assistance to acquire lands needed to complete the ~ 12 mile western terminus of the ODT to connect the City of Forks and the Quileute Tribal Nation community of La Push and also popular 2nd and 3rd Beach trailheads in Olympic National Park (ONP). The proposed acquisition areas will support a trail corridor generally 150-ft. wide ( totaling ~ 196 acres) on undeveloped forestland along the south-side of SR 110 between US 101 in Forks and the ONP boundary. If acquired, the planned trail will be generally centered in this corridor to provide a buffer from SR 110 and adjacent working forest lands and consist of a 10-ft. wide paved, multi-user section; a 4-ft. wide gravel equestrian path; and a 2-ft. gravel shoulder. Construction of the ODT-Forks to La Push segment has been selected for funding under the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) contingent on the County acquisition of needed trail right-of-way to the ONP boundary. When complete, the ODT-Forks to La Push segment will provide a non-motorized, recreational corridor alternative to SR 110. It will benefit the local rural economy from trail users frequenting businesses and create opportunities such as bike and running events similar to those held on completed ODT sections that generate several million annually to the local economy. 

Quick Facts

WWRP Applicant: Clallam Co Public Works Dept Category: Trails WWRP Grant: $ 905,456.00 Applicant Match: $ 301,819.00 Project Type: Acquisition County: Clallam Legislative District: 24 Status: Board preliminary approved  RCO Project # 20-1494

Location Details

Worksite #1 includes a 150-foot wide proposed trail acquisition corridor area that starts at southwest corner of the US 101/SR 110 intersection and continues west along the south-side of SR 110 for approximately 7.5-miles to the intersection with Three Rivers Road. Worksite #1 also includes a 150-foot wide proposed trail acquisition corridor area that would extend approximately 1,600 feet directly south from the SR 110/Three Rivers Rd. intersection and connect to Ballard Road (a County Public 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.