The vision of Clallam County residents to build a non-motorized, multi-use trail system dates back 1972. Meetings at this time eventually led to the development of a County Trail Plan. In 1995 a Clallam County Comprehensive Plan was put in place to support the development of the “Olympic Discovery Trail.”
Portions of the trail are located on the trail bed of a former train route that ran between Port Angeles and Port Townsend. Funding, design and construction of the first phase of the trail was received from the National Scenic Byway Program, the Washington State Department of Transportation, a Federal STEA program and the County. Private property owners also made generous donations of easements to to extend the trail through their properties.
Currently the Olympic Discovery Trail Bike Ride route runs from Ediz Hook in Port Angeles to the Blyn just east of Sequim. Construction is currently progress to extend the trail both east and west. The final goal of this ambitious project is the development of a non-motorized multi-use trail that will connect Port Townsend on the East, through Sequim, Port Angeles to Forks on the West coast.