Description Cycling across the Dungeness Prairie might sound a bit daunting, but if you’re look Read more [...]
Max elevation: 236 ft
Total climbing: 1122 ft
Total descent: -1070 ft
Route Category: Road Bike
The Sequim Sunday Ride Basic Route basic route is approximately 21 miles, all on paved surfaces–roads and parts of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT)–starting from the Dungeness Wildlife Refuge parking area just off Lotzgesell Road. It ends at the Cracked Bean Coffee Company, a delightful little coffee shop just about a mile or so north of downtown Sequim. [Note: the start and finish are about five miles apart.] This is the route the Sequim Sunday Riders usually follow as the easier, more leisurely version, though there are longer, more challenging variations that some occasionally follow.
The route itself fairly flat, but there is a nice climb just after you start out, going up Lotzgesell to the intersection with Cays Road where you turn left and head down to the waterfront turning east along Marine Drive with great views out over the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the San Juan Islands and, usually, Mount Baker looming on the horizon.
You get more water views as you turn off Sequim-Dungeness Way onto Jamestown Rd.
After some nice rollers and another short but steep climb on Holland to the junction with Port Williams Road, the Sunday Riders usually regroup before heading east and north through farm pastures along Schmuck Road. There’s a short, steep downhill on Schmuck with a sharp right hand curve at the bottom. Traffic is usually light here and when the road is dry you could, if you want (and if you’ve got really good bike handling skills) let ‘er rip. But a more cautionary approach is advised because you enter the downhill on a blind curve and the sharp right hand curve at the bottom is also a blind one. When the road is wet it can be slick, and in the colder months of winter it can also harbor black ice sections.
A short flat run-out after the descent takes you past Twin Maples Dairy Farm as you turn right for another nice little ascent up Washington Harbor Rd. Here, too, traffic is generally light, but there’s no shoulder and a blind curve at the top of the hill means cars coming down won’t see you before they round the bend, so stay well to the right as you near the top.
Where Washington Harbor meets West Sequim Bay Rd, turn left and stay on West Sequim Bay down to the John Wayne Marina for another chance to re-group, use the restrooms, and decide whether you want to continue following the basic Sunday Ride route or join those who follow a longer, more challenging route up into Happy Valley before returning to Sequim proper.
If you want the more relaxed, leisurely path, you’ll head east, turning left out of the marina lot and following West Sequim Bay Rd for about a mile or so. About 100 yards south of Highway 101, the ODT crosses West Sequim Bay and you’ll make a sharp right at this point to get on the ODT and follow it all the way back into Sequim.
In Sequim proper, the ODT runs along a section of East Fir Street for a few blocks, then follows North Sequim Avenue for a black or so before it heads west at Hendrickson. The Sunday Riders, however, just keep going straight north on Sequim Avenue to a traffic circle where Sequim Avenue intersects with Old Olympic Highway (heading west) and Port Williams Rd (going east).
The Cracked Bean is in sight! Just be careful navigating through the traffic circle–not everyone knows the rules of the road when it comes to traffic circles, or is alert to cyclists in the circle.
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