Olympic Discovery Trail
Port Angeles and Sequim offer a wonderful off-highway mostly paved trail called the Olympic Discovery Trail that takes you past exquisite views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Mountains and through the rural country side.
The trail will eventually run from Port Townsend to the Pacific Coast, but for now the primary areas are the nearly 60 miles in and around Port Angeles & Sequim. Head west through the Port Angeles downtown, past the marina and the interesting paper mill out to Ediz Hook, here you can hear the waves crash on the rocks and enjoy the view of Port Angeles and the Olympic Mountains.
Further west the trail embarks on a wonderful section which connects the community of Port Angeles to the Elwha River. Cyclists will be rewarded with a view of the river from the lower deck of the bridge that is beautiful. The sections of the trail between the river and the 'west end' are coming together nicely so check the web site for the latest opening. There is also The Adventure Route Trail that is geared to mountain bikes or hiking but for the adventurous the rewards of spectacular views are worth the extra effort. Visit Adventures through Kayaking listed below for tours and bike rentals offered for this section of trail.
East of downtown a spectacular 5 miles of trail hugs the water. This section offers opportunities for birding, and looking for sea life. Then head inland and over the first of several bridges as you cross Morse Creek. The next five miles is a little hilly but soon you are back to the nearly flat sections wandering through the Sequim Dungeness Valley. One of the highlights is the Railroad Bridge Park and the crossing of the Dungeness River. This is also where the Audubon Society is located and a stop to look at their displays is a real education.
The City of Sequim beckons you to find the shops and restaurants that this community offers. Take the short detour to John Wayne Marina at Sequim Bay, this is a great spot to see what catch is being off loaded or relax and watch the boats.
Breaking up the ride over a couple of days is becoming popular and several B&B and lodging options close to the trail make this an ideal weekend getaway.
You can also drive to several parking areas located along the trail allowing you to explore different sections.
For more biking adventures; head to Victoria on the Coho for the Galloping Goose Trail. You will need to clear customs, so remember you must have a passport or enhanced driver’s license.
There are many other rides for the mountain biker, or the road bike enthusiast. Check the local bike shops for a ride that suits your skills and ability.
The trail also is ideal for running and walking with several events scheduled each year.