The trail up the Dosewallips river offers a wonderful display of the river, waterfalls, big forest and wide open areas to see the sky. Be sure to periodically look down to the river. The pools of water and the water cascading over the rocks is spectacular.
Once you've accomplished the short initial climb, you'll be hiking on the old road that once was open to motorized vehicles. A winter storm in 2009/2010, closed the road up to the Dosewallips Ranger Station. As you hike you'll see the power of what a winter storm can create.
The initial trail is a bit of an ascent, the road is a gentle continuous incline into the Olympic National Park.
There is one short, moderately steep area up to the Ranger Station. The Station is no longer occupied.
A short distance inside the Park you will come into the campground. There are 30 sites in the campground. All the sites are quite nice; several of the sites along the river are delightful. The river is in a calm flow along the campground. A gentle sound of the river flows along the camp, not the roar as you would have heard on the way up to the campground
Mileage from the beginning of the trail to the campground is approx. 6 miles - approx. 12 miles, round trip.
There are outhouses, no running water.
From the campsites you can continue to Hayden Pass, Constance Pass or Anderson Pass.
Submitted by Susan Walker, Mason County Information Center in Hoodsport