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Here are some ride ideas for Friday or Monday if you are hangin' around!
(39 miles *or turnaround anywhere as this is an out-and-back route)
This is a long drive (1 hour from Sequim). Click here for Google Maps link to trailhead parking.
But TOTALLY WORTH the drive. You will start out inside Olympic National Park along the pristine Lake Crescent. You will pass through two historic restored railroad tunnels (bring a light!) and then west of the lake you will enter into Olympic National Forest, eventually crossing the Sol Duc River and ending at the farthest west terminus of the Olympic Discovery Trail. Note: The first mile of this ride (by the trailhead) is quite busy with other bikes and pedestrians, but after the first mile there are fewer people and then virtually nobody as you go farther and farther west.
⚠️At this time we do not recommend that you ride up Hurricane Ridge. Reason: Cars. So many cars. With tourists driving them while looking at the scenery and not the road. I think you get the picture. “But I don’t remember it being that way....” you may contemplate. Olympic National Park is no longer considered “off the beaten path” and is now in the top 10 most visited national parks in the United States with over 3 million visitors per year.
And remember you will be visiting on a holiday weekend. That said, if you feel compelled to do it - we recommend that you go VERY early in the morning. This is to avoid cars, but also to avoid the long wait at the entrance booth. During the tourist season there is often a one-hour wait to get into the Hurricane Ridge entrance. For this reason, if you decide to visit Hurricane Ridge by car instead of bike while you are here, we have the same recommendation - be an early bird!
If you are feeling ambitious, and efficient, this is doable!
First you will need to catch the Coho Ferry from downtown Port Angeles. Use this link for Black Ball Ferry Line to get their schedule. It is a 90 minute crossing, and there is an extra fee for your bike.
From the Blackball Ferry, turn left onto Belleville Street, then left onto Government Street. Then another left onto Wharf St., and onto the bike path at the Johnson Street Bridge. Turn right almost immediately past the bridge onto Harbour Road, following the trail along the water, onto Galloping Goose Trail. Follow the path until you reach the split for Selkirk Trestle bridge, crossing over it to remain on Galloping Goose Trail. At the Switch Bridge the Lochside Regional Trail starts, so you can choose to bike the Galloping Goose Trail or the Lochside Trail at this split. The total distance to this point is just over 3 miles. From this point to Sidney is another 14 miles. RideWithGPS map of Lochside Regional Trail from this point.