Note: At press time, Dosewallips Road was washed out and no timeline was set for repair (the U.S. Forest Service has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement to address the future of this road, but it doesn't look like the road will be rebuilt or reopened any time soon). Hikers and stock can still explore the area, but the new trek to the trail head adds about 5.5 miles (one-way) to the hikes below.
Main Fork Dosewallips/Constance Pass
Take the Main Fork Dosewallips to the north, and you'll find yourself on a moderate climb through old-growth forest for 7.5 miles before the trail flattens out at Constance Pass. Fields of wildflowers skirt the edge of Mount Constance. The trail ends in another 3.4 miles at Boulder Shelter in Olympic National Forest. You can also catch the Upper Big Quilcene Trail or the Upper Dungeness Trail here.
11 miles one-way. Moderate. Access: Dosewallips trail head.
Main Fork of the Dosewallips
This is a versatile trail. You can catch a lot more of the inland trails from here, including Constance Pass Trail, the Gray Wolf Trail, and the Elwha River Trail. The Dosewallips side of the park sometimes seems like the neglected side -- it's not as flashy as a glacial meadow or a rainforest. But the Dosewallips is one of the most beautiful rivers in the country, its jade-green water crashing down among narrow cliffs. And you might skirt some of the crowds.
31 miles RT. Moderate. Access: Dosewallips trail head.
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