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Description - The Dosewallips area includes the major waterways of the Main Fork Dosewallips, West Fork Dosewallips and Duckabush Rivers. These two systems eventually flow into the Hood Canal. The headwaters for these drainages lie on Hayden Pass, Anderson Pass and First Divide, in the central eastern Olympic Mountains.

Attractions - The Dosewallips area includes the major waterways of the Main Fork Dosewallips, West Fork Dosewallips and Duckabush Rivers. These two systems eventually flow into the Hood Canal. The headwaters for these drainages lie on Hayden Pass, Anderson Pass and First Divide, in the central eastern Olympic Mountains. From this subalpine terrain the drainages descend into montane forests. Anderson and Eel Glaciers lie at the head of the West Fork Dosewallips River. In addition to the many miles of winding trails in this area visitors will find a campground and two ranger stations.

Recreation - Backpackers, stock packers, anglers and mountain climbers will find a myriad of venues to pursue their passion in this area.

Climate - The climate in the Dosewallips area is as diverse as the terrain which ranges from 1,640 feet to 6,450 feet. Although the area lies in the windward Olympics it receives a considerable amount of precipitation each year.

Location - The Dosewallips area lies on the eastern boundary of Olympic National Park. It is accessible by Dosewallips River Road and Duckabush River Road via the Olympic Highway. The rivers in this area flow eastward and empty into the Hood Canal.


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Olympic National Park - This park comprises a large wilderness area featuring rugged glacier-capped mountains, deep valleys, lush meadows, sparkling lakes, giant trees, a temperate rain forest and 57 miles of unspoiled beaches.

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