ODT 16 - Pacific Beach Connector (Temporary, on-road, Route)
The final segment of ODT uses State Hwy 110 as a temporary route west to reach the Pacific beaches. The highway forks at 7.9 miles. Take the left (south) fork known as La Push Rd. (Note: the north fork of Hwy 110 continues on the north side of the Quillayute River to ONP’s Mora Campground and Rialto Beach on the Pacific). The highway has dropped 250 ft in 8.7 miles when it reaches the Bogachiel River Bridge. At 11.2 miles it enters Olympic National Park.
There are 3 fine Pacific beaches directly south of LaPush with headlands between each. They are named, poetically, First Beach, Second Beach, and Third Beach. The trailheads to each are on the left, one in the national park and two on the Quileute Reservation. The Third Beach trail is along the road at 11.6 miles. The road enters the reservation at 12.4 miles.
A wide, paved trail built by the Quileute Tribe runs along the left side of the road from the reservation entrance for 1.3 miles to La Push. The Second Beach trail is at 13.0 miles. First Beach is accessed from the Oceanside Resort, which is on the left as you enter the town of LaPush. The River's Edge Restaurant is across town and the Lonesome Creek Store is in between. You have now come 126 miles from Port Townsend on Puget Sound; you deserve to relax on the beach!