Total distance: 22.27 mi
Max elevation: 249 ft
Total climbing: 623 ft
Total descent: -607 ft
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Route Category: Road Bike

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    The Women on Wheels (WoW) 18 Social Route Totems West is approximately 22 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 is a shortened form of the ride put together by Ben’s Bikes in Sequim.  It showcases a beautiful part of Sequim’s history and culture.  There are eight totem poles on the Totems West route. If you want a longer loop ride, you could add approximately 14 miles (total 36 for this altered ride) taking the trail all the way east to Blyn to see more totem poles there.

    Civic Center totem

    We follow the ODT out of the park east to N. 5th Ave.  Turning east on W. Cedar St., we ride toward the Sequim Civic Center at Cedar and Sequim Ave.  The first totem pole is visible on the plaza on the north side of Cedar St.  Walk your bikes and read the story the carvings tell.  If the Civic Center is open, the art exhibits in the lobby are worth a look.

    A short jog south reveals two small totem poles at the entrance to the US Bank at the corner of Sequim and Washington.  Turning back and taking Sequim Ave. north to the trail on Hendrickson, turn west toward 5th Ave.  A short distance on the right is the Jamestown Medical Clinic, which has two more totem poles (with stories) out front.

    Back on N. 5th Ave., turn north to head out of town.  Following the turns to Wilcox Lane, take it to its end to reach the Strait of Juan de Fuca.  On the right is Lord Balch Grave (the totem is currently under restoration).  Weather permitting, there are unparalleled views across the water to the San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker, and the Cascades.

    Jamestown Rd. ends at Sequim-Dungeness Way.  Follow it over the Dungeness River and turn south on Lotzgesell Rd.  In the winter, flocks of trumpeter swans may be seen at the corner of Lotzgesell and Anderson.

    Taking Lotzgesell to its western end, it turns into Kitchen-Dick Rd. just after the entrance to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge.  Come back when the tides are right for a long walk on the Dungeness Spit.

    Back on Woodcock Rd., the next totem pole is found at the Cedars golf course in front of Stymie’s Bar and Grill.  It will be hard to resist the good smells coming out of the kitchen.

    Cedars totem

    The final totem pole is on private land on Fasola Rd. and not easy to see from this direction of travel.  Just before reaching the turn toward Towne Rd., it is on the east side of the road behind a fence.

    Once on Towne Rd., turn south to follow the route back to the start.

  • Region: Northeast
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    Icon Display - Difficulty Intermediate: Yes
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