Description The Women on Wheels (WoW) 9 MiniHill Route Holland is approximately 14 miles long, all o Read more [...]
Max elevation: 266 ft
Total climbing: 640 ft
Total descent: -686 ft
Route Category: Road Bike
The Women on Wheels (WoW) 20 Social Route Barns West is approximately 19 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 barn lover’s dream. The Dungeness Plain was historically and still remains an agricultural area. There are at least 18 barns visible on this ride, some of which are included on the Heritage Barn Register of the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.
We follow the ODT out of the park west to Carlsborg Rd. Turning south off the trail, take Carlsborg Rd. to Spath Rd. and turn west. At Kitchen-Dick Rd., turn north. As you begin to coast down the gentle incline, a large barn can be seen on the east side, one of many you will encounter in this area.
At the crossing with the ODT, take care turning west on to the trail to reach Vautier Rd., where you will once again turn north. There is a nice example of a working barn at the corner of Vautier and Old Olympic Highway. Taking a turn to the east brings you to a splendid barn with 3 cupolas at the intersection of Old Olympic Highway and Kitchen-Dick. Use caution making the left turn to the north, as both these roads are very busy with high speed traffic.
Continue on to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge where you can take a short break, if desired, and then return to Lotzgesell Rd. heading west. At Cays Rd., turn north to Marine Drive and you will see a barn repurposed as Dungeness Barn House B&B.
Turning south on to Clark Rd. brings you to two of the best barns on this route, the Cline Barn and the Clark Barn. The giant chicken sculpture shows the owner’s sense of humor.
Clark Rd. ends at Lotzgesell; turn west to Lamar Rd. and enjoy the downhill with another notable barn to the east. Be careful at the intersection with Cays Rd. Traffic can be heavy and fast here. Turn south on Cays.
Follow Cays Rd. to Woodcock, then turn west. At Wheeler Rd., turn south. This becomes Macleay Rd. which provides an interesting and decorative barn on the north side just before the intersection with Cays/Old Olympic Highway. This is another busy spot, so be very cautious proceeding through the intersection on to Old Olympic Highway. After a short distance, turn south on Heath Rd. for the final run back to the ODT and Railroad Bridge.
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