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Dosewallips State Park - Maple Valley Loop

Olympic Peninsula

Location

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal
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Length

1.5 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Rating

4.00 out of 5

 
WTA worked here: 2020
 

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
 
 

This 1.5 mile loop is in Dosewallips State Park right out of the campground. Depart the campground and head along the paved road for a large field off to your left. At a fork, take the left-hand branch, and follow signs for Maple Valley Loop.

You'll enjoy a moderate climb as you leave the campground, which meanders up, down, and all around the park. Amble past waterfalls, through a valley lined with bigleaf maples and western redcedar before switchbacking up to a ridgeline. Benches at the mid-point and top of the ridgeline offer places to catch your breath, if need be, before you continue.

Soon you'll come to a junction with a gated road. Cross the road and follow the signs, now labeled 'Steam Donkey Trail'. This is the trail on which the small steam donkey - a steam-powered winch used in logging operations - ran when this area was actively logged.

Begin heading downhill now, passing several structures that WTA work crews have installed in an effort to keep the abundant water in this area off the trail. Turnpikes, culverts, and even the bridge across the large creek at the bottom of the hill are all WTA projects from years past.

Before the bridge, pass a large pond to your left. The water here powered the steam donkey when the area was still a logging show. Soon you'll come to another crossing with the road. You can either cross the road heading uphill about 50 feet to a small trail, or follow the road down; both ways will deliver you to the parking lot and campground in short order.

 

Dosewallips State Park - Maple Valley Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.6905, -122.9052 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Olympic Peninsula -- Hood Canal

Maple Valley Trail (#), Steam Donkey Trail (#)

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Guidebooks & Maps

Dosewallips State Park Washington State Parks PDF Map: https://bit.ly/2R8Ajjl

Getting There

From Quilcene, take Hwy 101 south for 12.5 miles to the turnoff for Dosewallips State Park. Make a right into the park and proceed down the main road to either the campground or the day use parking area. Discover Pass required.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

Discover Pass
 

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