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Dodger Point

 
Dodger Point

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 47.87411°N / 123.50992°W

Object Title: Dodger Point

County: Jefferson

Activities: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 5760 ft / 1756 m

 

Page By: Redwic

Created/Edited: Jan 10, 2014 / Jul 16, 2014

Object ID: 882661

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Overview

Dodger Point is a mid-elevation peak (5760') located in the north-central Olympic Mountains of Washington. The mountain is considered non-technical, with a summit that can be reached via trails. The peak is perhaps most notable for having one of Washington's remaining fire lookouts. With only a few sporadic trees on its summit, the mountain has excellent views of nearby peaks and ranges, including Mount Olympus, the Bailey Range, and the peaks along Hurricane Ridge.

Mount Olympus from Dodger Point
Mount Olympus, as seen from Dodger Point


A wooden L-4 fire lookout cabin was built on the summit during 1933, five years prior to the designation of Olympic National Park. The lookout cabin was constructed by the U.S. Forest Service for the Olympic National Forest. With its expansive views of surrounding peaks and valleys, Dodger Point was an ideal location from which to monitor wildfires. Due to its vast views of the region, the building was also temporarily used as an Aircraft Warning Service facility during World War II. The original cabin has never been replaced and is still used for emergency purposes.

Dodger Point Lookout Cabin
Dodger Point Lookout Cabin


The fire lookout is one of only four standing fire lookouts on the Olypmic Peninsula and is the most service-ready (if needed) of those structures. The other three Olympic Peninsula fire lookout structures are North Point (converted to a communications tower building), Pyramid Mountain (empty cabin leftover from being an Aircraft Warning Service station during World War II), and Ned Hill (lowland wooden tower, barely standing, completely surrounded by much taller trees).

Dodger Point Lookout Cabin
Back of cabin, Mount Olympus in background


The summit of Dodger Point can be reached via two different hiking approaches. The standard approach, which most hikers use for Dodger Point, follows Long Ridge Trail to the summit. An alternate option is to hike the Elwha River Trail, then ford Elwha River, and then hike the Dodger Point Primitive Trail to the summit. The standard approach is 28 miles roundtrip, which is an astounding amount of mileage for a single peak destination but still better than 38 miles roundtrip via the alternate approach or 33 miles roundtrip if combining the two approaches into a single loop trip.

Hurricane Ridge
Hurricane Ridge, as seen from Dodger Point


Most people hike to Dodger Point as part of an overnight trip, which is recommended. Some experienced hikers are able to hike the 28+ miles as part of a very long hiking day. Know your limits and be prepared.

Long Ridge
Long Ridge, trending north from Dodger Point

Driving Directions

The starting location for either approach option is the Whiskey Bend Trailhead.

FROM PORT ANGELES, WA:
1) Starting along Highway 101 at the corner of S. Lincoln Street and E. Front Street, head west along Highway 101.

2) After approximately 8.7 miles, turn left (south) onto Olympic Hot Springs Road.

3) After approximately 4.1 miles along Olympic Hot Springs Road, pass by the Elwha Ranger Station and veer left onto Whiskey Bend Road.

4) After approximately 4.3 miles along Whiskey Bend Road, the road ends at a circular parking area and trailhead. Two trails (Elwha River Trail, Wolf Creek Trail) originate at the road-end; only use the Elwha River Trail, which is the more major trail and has a couple of large kiosks.

Standard Approach

1) Starting at the Whiskey Bend Trailhead (1198' elevation), follow the Elwha River Trail.

2) After approximately 1.9 miles along the Elwha River Trail, turn right onto Long Ridge Trail. This is a signed junction, one of several along the early portions of the route which shows "Dodger Point" as the signed reference rather than "Long Ridge Trail."

3) After approximately 1.1 miles along Long Ridge Trail, the trail reaches Elwha River Bridge (875' elevation). This is a suspension bridge which is also known as the Dodger Point Bridge. After the bridge, the trail will begin to steadily ascend towards Dodger Point.

4) After approximately 11.1 miles from the bridge (14.1 miles from Whiskey Bend Trailhead), the Dodger Point summit (5760' elevation) is reached.

Dodger Point
Dodger Point, as seen from Long Ridge Trail below summit


HIKING STATISTICS (roundtrip):
-> Approximately 28.2 miles with 5400' cumulative elevation gain.

Dodger Point - Standard Approach
Standard approach via Long Ridge Trail

Red Tape

FEES/PASSES/PERMITS:
An Olympic National Park Pass is required. A single-use park pass currently costs $15.00 for seven consecutive days, or $30.00 for an annual park pass. The single-use park pass can be obtained during operating hours at either the Olympic National Park Headquarters in Port Angeles or the Elwha Ranger Station, or after-hours at the kiosk located in front of the Elwha Ranger Station. The annual park pass can be obtained during normal operating hours at the Olympic National Headquarters in Port Angeles.

A Wilderness Camping Permit is required for any overnight stays. The current cost is $5.00 per group plus $2.00 per person per night. The Wilderness Camping Permit can be obtained at either the Olympic National Park Headquarters or Elwha Ranger Station, during normal operating hours or after-hours.
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CAMPSITES:
-> No official or designated campsites are found alongside Long Ridge Trail.
-> Primitive campsites can be found near the trail approximately halfway, as well as near the meadows located several hundred feet elevation below the summit.
-> No camping is allowed on wildflowers.
-> No camping is allowed within 200' of water sources.

CAMPFIRES:
-> No open fires are allowed above 3500' elevation.
-> Camping stoves are allowed.
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WATER SOURCES:
-> Several tiny springs are located along Long Ridge Trail between 3800'-4400' elevation. No springs or natural water sources are located above that elevation.
-> A tiny pond is located near the junction of Long Ridge Trail and Dodger Point Primitive Trail.
-> Boil, filter, and/or chemically treat all water.

FOOD STORAGE:
 -> Dodger Point is considered sub-alpine high country within Olympic National Park. According to the park website and rangers, atop Dodger Point are short and/or close-proximity trees and as a result food cannot be properly hung the required minimum of 12' high and 10' away from the nearest tree. As such, bear canisters are required for overnight stays.

TOILET FACILITIES:
-> None. All waste must be buried a minimum of 6-8" deep and 200' away from any water sources.
-> Olympic National Park requests that all toilet paper be packed out.
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PETS:
-> Not allowed.

BIKES/VEHICLES:
-> Not allowed.

STOCK:
-> Horses are allowed to visit Dodger Point. In fact, the Long Ridge Trail was originally created for equestrian use.
-> Horses are not permitted to camp overnight above 3500' elevation.
-> There are currently a lot of downed trees across Long Ridge Trail, many of which might impede passage by horses.
-> Contact the Olympic National Park Headquarters for current trail conditions and/or stock regulations.
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DOWNED TREES:
As of Winter 2013-14, there were approximately 55 downed trees across Long Ridge Trail. Nearly half of those are condensed within a few miles before the "Elev. 3500" sign, and the other half are spread out across the remaining miles until near Dodger Point. Each downed tree location is passable to hikers without difficulty.

When to Climb

In theory, with a trail leading to the summit, Dodger Point can be visited year-round. However, snowpack on the mountain and approaches normally is substantial during Winter & Spring seasons, lingering into Summer. The most recommended timeframe to visit Dodger Point is between mid-Summer through mid-Autumn.

Bailey Range
Bailey Range, as seen from Dodger Point


Contact the Olympic National Park Headquarters for current conditions.

Camping

A Wilderness Camping Permit is required for any overnight stays. The current cost is $5.00 per group plus $2.00 per person per night. The Wilderness Camping Permit can be obtained at either the Olympic National Park Headquarters or Elwha Ranger Station, during normal operating hours or after-hours.

CAMPSITES:
-> No official or designated campsites are found alongside Long Ridge Trail.
-> Primitive campsites can be found near the trail approximately halfway, as well as near the meadows located several hundred feet elevation below the summit.
-> No camping is allowed on wildflowers.
-> No camping is allowed within 200' of water sources.

CAMPFIRES:
-> No open fires are allowed above 3500' elevation.
-> Camping stoves are allowed.

No Open Fires Above 3500  Elevation
No open fires (campfires) above 3500' elevation

External Links

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK HEADQUARTERS:
ADDRESS: 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
TELEPHONE: 360-565-3130

Southeast View From Dodger Point
Southeast view from summit

Images

Mount Olympus from Dodger PointDodger Point Lookout CabinLong RidgeDodger PointDodger Point and northern Bailey RangeCrossing of the Elwha RiverSoutheast View From Dodger Point
Dodger PointBailey RangeHurricane RidgeDodger Point Lookout CabinNo Open Fires Above 3500\' ElevationDodger Point - Standard Approach