Total distance: 15.61 mi
Max elevation: 735 ft
Total climbing: 984 ft
Total descent: -1220 ft
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  • Description

    The Women on Wheels (WoW) 7  MiniHill Route Bell Hill is approximately 15 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 moderately hilly route is ideal for a brief challenge when you’re pressed for time.  We follow the ODT out of the park east to N. 7th Ave.  Use caution at the intersection of Washington Ave. and 7th Ave.  Traffic can be quite busy here, with many vehicles turning.

    Ascent on Third Ave.

    Continue on S. 7th Ave. to Prairie St. and turn east.  Enjoy the flat cruise to S. 3rd Ave. where you’ll turn south and begin your ascent.  At W. Reservoir Rd., you’ll get the chance to catch your breath and/or take off that jacket to get prepared for the next bit of climbing.  You may have an audience of farm creatures on the way up.

    Spring lambs

    Turning east at the intersection with Happy Valley Rd. gives you another chance to breathe, adjust your pace, get a drink of water, and see the eponymous hill ahead, i.e. Bell Hill.

    Follow Happy Valley Rd. to Doe Run Rd. and take another turn east.  Here’s where you can elect to get a real challenge if you deviate from the described route and go straight up Doe Run.  It will give you a run for your money, with a corresponding descent.  Our mapped route does come out again on Doe Run at a lower elevation, so you won’t get lost.

    Strait of Juan de Fuca from Bell Hill

    To stick to the mapped route, take Doe Run Rd. and turn north on Fox Hollow Rd.  This gentle ascent takes you to Owl’s Nest Rd., where you’ll turn east.  The peek-a-boo views from here of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the Islands can be breathtaking.

    Enjoy the traverse back to Doe Run Rd. and turn south to begin the curving descent to Miller Rd. and N. Sequim Ave.  When the weather is cold or wet, use caution on this entire stretch – ice can be a factor at any time.

    Just before reaching the overpass at Highway 101, turn east on E. Brownfield Rd.  This is a fun series of gently rolling hills which leads you to the next turn south at Simdars Rd.  The temptation is to cruise through the stop sign at E. Washington St. to turn west on to the Olympic Discovery Trail.  DON’T!  Traffic does not stop coming off the exit from Highway 101 merging into Washington Ave.

    Once safely through the intersection, complete your turn west to join the Olympic Discovery Trail.  Follow it all the way back to the starting point at Railroad Bridge Park.

  • Region: Northeast
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