Description The Women on Wheels (WoW) 20 Social Route Barns West is approximately 19 miles long, all Read more [...]
Max elevation: 397 ft
Total climbing: 814 ft
Total descent: -797 ft
Route Category: Road Bike
The Women on Wheels (WoW) 16 Social Route Sunland is approximately 20 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 mostly flat route follows the ODT east out of the park. If you’re in luck, you’ll see a bald eagle or two perched in the large snag just before the turn north along Priest Rd. Taking the trail to Sequim Ave., turn north off the trail and head out of town.
At Medsker Rd., you gain a little elevation and begin to have some nice views south out over the Dungeness Plain and to the Olympic Mountains. At times in the winter, you may see our Sequim Roosevelt elk in the large open field below.
Turning north brings you to Emerald Rd., an entrance into the Sunland golf community. Watch for deer in this area – they are numerous, and in spring, will be accompanied by fawns.
After a short ride through Sunland, take a turn to the west on Woodcock Rd. On the north side of Woodcock Rd. is Graymarsh Farm. Depending on the season, you can get fresh berries and/or lavender.
Continuing west on Woodcock Rd., take a north turn on to Taylor Ranch Rd. You’ll see signs for apples and cider at the big red barn on the left.
Taylor Ranch Rd. brings you to Sequim-Dungeness Way. Be careful at this intersection – traffic is moving faster, and if turning on to Taylor Ranch Rd. from the south, will have to make a wide turn into your lane to get on to the road.
Head toward the old community of Dungeness by turning north on Sequim-Dungeness Way. When you see signs for Nash’s Farm Store, you’re in for a treat. If you’d like to make a stop, it’s a good place to get a drink, a snack, or just marvel at all the beautiful colors of the fresh produce.
Returning to the route, take a turn west on Towne Rd. At the corner, you will see the old Dungeness Schoolhouse. In winter, this is beautifully decorated with wreaths and candle-like lights in all the windows.
Just down the road is the Dungeness Valley Creamery, a great place to stop for ice cream on a hot summer day, not to mention to give you a little boost to get up the hill waiting for you ahead.
The ride finishes out after visiting the Dungeness Meadows neighborhood on the southwest side of town.
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