DNR, Conservation Corps stepping up Olympic Peninsula trail

A series of rock steps on the Cove Trail that lead to a rocky cove. Photo/ DNR.
A rocky cove awaits at the end of these stone steps. Photo/ DNR.

DNR  is taking steps to improve one hiking-specific trail on the Olympic Peninsula, with the help of Washington Conservation Corps. A crew recently helped DNR to install rock stairs on our Cove Trail, near Port Angeles, which takes hikers down to a secluded rocky cove along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

A connecting spur from the Striped Peak Vista Trail, the Cove’s Trail rock stairs are about 40 feet long and will lessen erosion along the steep descent to the water.

Striped Peak Vista 
In addition to the cove, the two-mile Striped Peak Vista provides views of Vancouver Island, mature Douglas-fir trees, and the surrounding Olympic Mountains.

Getting there
The Cove Trail is about a two-mile hike from the Striped Peak Vista trailhead. You can also reach the cove via a one-and-a-half-mile hike from the Clallam County’s Salt Creek Recreation Area.

Washington Conservation Corps 
The Corps, founded in 1983, is a multi-agency effort with DNR, AmeriCorps, the Department of Ecology, Veterans Affairs, and others that invests in future generations by building young people’s professional skills as they perform stewardship for the state’s natural landscapeshigh-quality recreation opportunities, and the Puget Sound.

For more information about state lands on the Olympic Peninsula, visit our website. To plan your next trip today, visit our interactive recreation map.