Description Fairholme-Sappho is a great loop route (out-and-back) for 50 miles on a gorgeous section Read more [...]
Max elevation: 1447 ft
Total climbing: 3793 ft
Total descent: -3593 ft
Route Category: Mixed Surface
Officially called the Olympic Discovery Trail Adventure Route, locals refer to it as the OAT. Either way, it’s a 25-mile point-to-point singletrack trail from Hwy 112 to Lake Crescent featuring long inclines and descents along the way.
The trailhead is next to a small parking area on Highway 112 just east of the Elwha River. The first three miles or so are mostly uphill until the “Living Room,” where you’re rewarded with a stout wooden bench and great views of the Bailey Range to the south. From the Living Room, continue west for more rolling hills and switchbacks, deep mossy forest, and views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island, Canada, to the north. Around MP20, you’ll cross the paved Joyce-Piedmont road. At MP 21 you hit a gravel logging road; take a right, follow it all the way to the bottom of the hill, then turn left and continue on to Lake Crescent.
Region: NortheastIcon Display - Surface Mixed: YesIcon Display - Difficulty Varied: YesIcon Display - Route Style Point-to-Point: YesNotice:
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