Discovery Trail

3D view of Discovery Trail

Overall: 4

Aerobic: 4

Technical: 4

Steepness: 4

Flow: 6

Singletrack: 80%

Discovery Trail is a relatively flat trail which traverses the Port Angeles foothills to Lake Crescent.




Avg: 13.5mi



Elevation Change

Avg Ascent:3000'

Ascent Incline



Avg: 2hr






The entire 20.5mi (5500' ascent) ride is about 60% singletrack, with 8mi of road riding (mostly on Beach Agate Rd, to get to the western section).

A more typical ride covers the section from SR112 to Eden Valley Rd, with just a 1.4mi section of state forest road to connect the first two singletrack segments.

The nearby 10mi (1200' ascent) Spruce Railroad rail-to-trail offers an even easier ride, for those seeking a pleasant cruise around Lake Crescent. Expect to share the trail with many other users.

Directions: See Map. View Larger Map. No Map?.

Barnes Creek, Discovery Trail Topo Map

OAB Directions

foothill ramble

Discovery Trail Area Topo Map

  • TH: Ride south from the SR112 TH, crossing the powerline right of way and traversing the moderate Lake Aldwell hillside ascent. Cross the state FR at 1.3mi, followed by a creek crossing, leading to the ride summit at 2.2mi.
  • 2.9mi: Cross a local road then go right onto the state fireroad and descend gradually.
  • 4.2mi: Go right onto the singletrack and continue the hillside traverse. Pass an intersection on the left at 5.2mi, then ascend around an Indian Creek tributary, to Lake Eden Road. Return to the TH or ride to the western section.



Olympic National Park Hiking

The National Park includes most of the National Forest, with some wilderness areas at the periphery.

Always carry the 10 Essentials: map, compass, flashlight, knife, matches, nylon cord, extra food and water, and rain gear with warm clothes.

The ONP site offers current wilderness trail conditions and map.

For ONP camping permits, go to the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles, which is shown on the Area Map. No reservations necessary.

Trail Index

This Ride

Olympic Discovery Trail

Olympic NP Hiking

Appleton Pass Trail, Aurora Creek Primitive Trail, Aurora Ridge Trail, Barnes Creek Trail, Barnes Creek Primitive Trail, Boulder Lake Trail, Deer Lake Trail, Happy Lake Ridge Trail, High Divide Trail, Little Divide Trail, Lovers Lane Trail, Mink Lake Trail, Mount Storm King Trail, North Fork Soleduck Trail, Pyramid Mountain Trail, Soleduck River Trail, Upper Barnes Creek Route

NP Campgrounds

Altaire Campground, Elwha Campground


Trail Rankings

Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.

  • Overall Rating: Ride quality and challenge
  • Aerobic: Ascent challenge
  • Technical Difficulty: Terrain challenge
  • Steepness: Average incline
  • Flow: Uninterrupted riding
  • Elevation Change: Total elevation gain
  • Ride Difficulty: Terrain challenge






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