Dosewallips River

Round trip: 10 miles

Elevation gain: about 1300 ft

Difficulty level: 3 (of 5)

Hiking time: about 5 hours

A very nice hike along the Dosewallips river with a gradual elevation gain of just 1300 ft. over about 3 1/2 miles. There are just two short steep hills, one at the beginning and one near the turn around point of this hike. Experiencing the falls and rapids of this river are well worth any effort needed to get there. With snow melt now beginning, it should be quite a show.

Our maximum elevation will be about 1700 feet, so no snow on the trail. And the weather report couldn't be better for a great spring hike !

No passes are required. Also, we will crossing the national park boundary so no dogs are allowed. sorry.

This hike is about a 1 1/4 hour drive from Olympia.

Driving directions: From Olympia follow highway 101 N. for about 61 miles to Dosewallips Rd. AKA forest rd. 2610, one mile north of Dosewallips State Park. Turn left (west) and follow 5 miles to end of road. The last town you pass through when nearing the state park will be Brinnon.

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  • Michael

    It was a great first meeting for me, Great bunch of people and a well planned hike. I could not of asked for a better day. Thanks everyone

    March 31, 2013

  • Rose

    A Delightful Day !!!!

    March 31, 2013

  • Casey

    Great, sunny day, raging river, great company. Thanks, Alan, for posting this hike and driving. Had a spectacular time, as always. Bummer that the ice cream place went out of business

    1 · March 30, 2013

    • Jodi H.

      Thanks, guys! I had a great 1st meet up. Plan to do many more! ;-)

      March 30, 2013

  • Casey

    I am coming from Puyallup. Anyone from this area need a ride to Top, let me know.

    March 29, 2013

  • Rose

    Hello Alan,
    I just got in - from the Waiting List - Hallelujah !!!
    So, wanted to confirm meeting you at the Shelton Walmart...

    March 28, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Yes, we'll be there around 8:30 AM. see you then

      March 28, 2013

  • Bill V

    Alan, I will either meet you at the Shelton Walmart (behind the Arco station) or at the trailhead.

    March 27, 2013

    • Alan P.

      OK Bill, thanks

      March 28, 2013

  • ali

    I also might want to meet at the trailhead; can I get driving directions? Thanks, Ali

    March 26, 2013

    • Andy

      Ali, it does not appear you have yet signed up for the hike, which is currently full. Please RSVP so you can be placed on a waiting list. Organizers set attendee limits for a number of reasons and we ask that folks do not just show up.

      March 26, 2013

    • ali

      ok thanks--I won't just show up--didn't realize it would fill up so fast! next time...

      March 26, 2013

  • Kay P.

    I will meet you at the trail head. Do you have an estimated time you might be there? Thanks, Kay

    March 26, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Silver Dodge Durango

      March 26, 2013

    • Andy

      Kay, as a reminder you are currently on the wait list, Organizers set attendee limits for a number of reasons, please only attend if you are moved up from the waitlist or Alan expands the number of attendees. Thanks Andy

      March 26, 2013

  • John E.

    I can drive. We have a CRV that will fit 2-3 people in back seat

    March 26, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Thank you John. We'll work out the details sat. morning in the parking lot.

      March 26, 2013

  • Jodi H.

    If there is a way I could also, that would be great. I just had some work done on my car and am not sure about taking it that far. I'll throw in for gas as well.

    March 25, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Yes Jodi, you can ride with me, Kathy and Casey.

      March 26, 2013

    • Jodi H.

      Thank you. Really looking forward to it. :-)

      March 26, 2013

  • Alan P.

    We are going to need a couple more drivers. Any volunteers?

    March 26, 2013

  • Michael

    This will be my first meeting with the group. Looking forward to it. I can give someone a ride, I want to take my jeep wrangler, but I can take my car instead.

    March 25, 2013

    • Alan P.

      Looking forward to meeting you Michael

      March 26, 2013

  • Casey

    Is there room for me to hitch a ride from Top foods? As usual, will help with gas. Thanks.

    March 25, 2013

    • Alan P.

      You betcha Casey, see you Sat.

      March 25, 2013

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