Description The Women on Wheels (WoW) 20 Social Route Barns West is approximately 19 miles long, all Read more [...]
Max elevation: 226 ft
Total climbing: 240 ft
Total descent: -243 ft
Route Category: Road Bike
The Women on Wheels (WoW) 9 Leisure Route Around the Farms is approximately 10 miles long, all on paved surfaces – roads and the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). All Women on Wheels regular rides begin and end at the Dungeness Audubon Center in Railroad Bridge Park, at the end of W. Hendrickson Rd. in Sequim.
This can be an active area with cyclists, walkers, dogs, birders, and all sorts of visitors on any day. Many times, though, you’ll have it to yourself. It’s just the luck of the draw. Due to this activity, preferred parking (if you drive in), is either in the bus lot on the west side of the road just before entering the park, or in the lot on the east side of the road just at the entrance. The park is open dawn to dusk. The Olympic Discovery Trail passes through the park over Railroad Bridge.
This short flat route is ideal for a mini tour of the near west Dungeness Valley when you’re pressed for time. We follow the ODT out of the park west across Railroad Bridge to Carlsborg Rd. If you forgot a snack to take along, you can turn off the mapped route left to the Old Post Office in Carlsborg for a treat. Check the web to see if they’re open when you’re passing through. If you’re ready to press on, turn north on Carlsborg Rd. to Old Olympic Highway, then turn east. This road is usually fairly busy, so ride with awareness.
At the intersection with Macleay Rd., be very careful; the curve on Old Olympic Highway you just rode through is blind to this intersection. To make this left turn safely, it is suggested that you ride through the intersection to the stop sign on the other side. Proceed across the intersection west on to Macleay Rd. when it is safe to do so.
On the north side of Macleay Rd., you will see the 1922 Barn. Just a bit further up the road is the Sequim Prairie Grange. There is still an active membership here although the focus of the group has shifted from bringing farmers together to community service. Depending on the season, you can stop in for the Ice Cream Social, Pancake Breakfasts, flea markets, or holiday celebrations.
Continuing on Macleay Rd. to the curve into Wheeler Rd., you will take the next turn to the west on Woodcock Rd. The Dungeness Valley contains much prime agricultural land which this route celebrates.
Woodcock Rd. will turn into Cameron Rd. and bring you back to Old Olympic Highway. Turn east here for the short hop to Vautier Rd. The Olympic Discovery Trail crosses Vautier Rd., and you’ll turn east on to the ODT here.
Once on the ODT east, you’ll pass the Sequim Airport on the north side. The Olympic Peninsula Air Affaire is an annual event taking place in the summer with lots of activities. Be sure to stop in if you’re interested in aviation, antique planes, hot air balloons, music, food, and fun.
Continue on the ODT to the east to return to the starting point at Railroad Bridge.
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