Bicycling the Olympic Peninsula

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Bicycles on Hurricane Ridge

Washington’s Olympic Peninsula is a bicycler’s paradise with trails set amid stunning scenery and historic towns.

Follow the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) for almost 130 miles from Port Townsend to the shores of the Pacific Ocean in La Push, or catch up with segments of it across the northern part of the peninsula. ODT construction began in the 1990s and about 78 miles are now complete. This wide, paved trail is designed for multi-users.

Explore cycling trails in Port Townsend. The eastern end of the ODT begins at the boatyard in Port Townsend. Designated the Larry Scott Trail after a local founder, this segment of the trail follows the abandoned Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad right-of-way.

The Olympic Adventure Route (OAR) is an alternative to the ODT paved, railroad grade route between the Elwha River and Lake Crescent. It is designed for active use on 25 miles of double- and single-track scenic, hilly, forested terrain.

The Quilcene/Brinnon area is popular with road and mountain bike enthusiasts. The area provides scenic roads and challenging mountain bike trails. This area is good for casual peddling along beach-side towns and down-hilling mountainous terrain.

Bike Races

June 4: Tour de Forts  is a scenic/historic trip for all ages/abilities. Choose 62-, 35-, 15-, and 11-mile routes.
Aug. 5: Tour de Lavender Fun Ride is a family-friendly tour to Sequim Lavender Farms.
Aug. 5: Tour de Lavender Metric Century Race is a classic long-distance ride on back roads of the Sequim-Dungeness Valley and ODT
Aug. 6: Ride the Hurricane is a unique event that allows cyclists to have the Olympic National Park Hurricane Ridge Road to themselves, free of vehicles, from 7:00 a.m. to noon. This is not a race, but a recreational ride open to all abilities/ages.

For more about Olympic Peninsula Biking, visit www.olympicpeninsula.org.