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(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.
⚠️ UPDATE 5/15/23: Hurricane Ridge Road is closed (including to bicycles) until further notice. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center burned to the ground on Sunday, May 7th. Due to ongoing fire investigations and the presence of hazardous materials, Hurricane Ridge Road is closed until further notice. All other areas of Olympic National Park are OPEN.
We recommend riding to lunch in Port Townsend, then visiting Finnriver Cidery in Chimicum after the ride!
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.
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