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|Trail Image||Trail Name||States||Length||Surface||Rating|
Guemes Channel Trail will link downtown Anacortes, the Tommy Thompson Trail, and the San Juan Ferry. Both trails offer shoreline routes along old rail corridors. The Guemes Channel Trail is...
|WA||1.2 mi||Asphalt, Gravel||
The 35 miles of Olympic Discovery Trail sandwiched between Sequim Bay and the Elwha River are considered the trail system's crown jewel. Bounded by a sparkling tidal estuary in the east and a recently...
Sitka spruce is unique to the temperate rain forests of the coastal Pacific Northwest. Its strong, light wood was found to be particularly useful for World War I–era airplanes, so the U.S. Army built...
|WA||19.6 mi||Asphalt, Dirt||
The Port Townsend waterfront marks the eastern endpoint of the Olympic Discovery Trail, which will one day stretch 126 miles from Puget Sound to the Pacific Ocean. This section of trail is named in...
|WA||7.3 mi||Crushed Stone||
The Padilla Bay Shore Trail offers a paved route of just over 2 miles atop a dike along the Padilla Bay in Northwest Washington. Adventurers will enjoy the scenic natural setting only about 70 miles...
Though relatively short at 3.3 miles, the Tommy Thompson Trail stands tall in the ferry port of Anacortes for its notable 2,000-foot-long paved trestle spanning picturesque Fidalgo Bay. Enjoyed...
This is a lovely paved trail that hugs the shoreline along Guemes Channel where large ferries regularly ply the waters between Anacortes and the San Juan Islands. The views are outstanding and the trail is accessible year round. Make a right turn off Highway 20 directly through the San Juan Passage housing development downhill to reach trailhead parking area along the water. The trail goes east about 1.2 miles toward the city of Anacortes with plans for eventual completion all the way to city center. This same parking area also serves the Ship Harbor Trail which runs westward toward the WA State ferry terminal. If you get the yen to go to Guemes Island there is a small Skagit County ferry that makes regular 5-minute crossings from downtown Anacortes.
We began our 20 mile out-and-back ride at a small parking lot near Gehrke and Wild Current Rds near MM20 in Sequim. The parking lot had space for about five cars. We headed west towards Port Angeles. The first five miles of the trail, which is heavily wooded, was very narrow with sharp, blind curves with a lot of up-and-downs. You would gain some speed on a downhill section only to have to brake because of the narrowness and curviness of the trail and the uncertainty of what was in the opposite direction. This section would not be considered a “rails-to-trail” type of trail.
Once we crossed the Morse Creek Trestle Bridge, the trail widened with views of the strait. This five-mile section into Port Angeles was the nicest section. We stopped near the Marine Center before turning around.
If I were to do this ride again, I would park at the Deer Park Trailhead and cycle into Port Angeles and perhaps check out the path along Ediz Hook. There was nothing of interest for the first five miles to warrant cycling that section again unless you were doing it for the mileage or were traveling the entire trail. There were two port-a-potties along the route and no other amenities.
We began our out-and-back 20 mile ride at the Jamestown S-Klallam Tribal Headquarters off of Old Blyn Highway. There is parking in back of the library or you can park in one of the parking lots at the tribal headquarters. You’ll find bathrooms at the trailhead.
The trail, for the most part, was in very good condition. It varied from narrow and winding to wide and straight. At some points, the trail ran parallel to highway 101 but was often buffered by trees. There is a short section at the beginning of the ride that is on a very lightly traveled road. There are some easy road crossing along the trail.
The ride into Sequim was along Washington Street/Avenue with a short segment on the street before arriving at Carrie Blake Park where we turned around. The tourist bureau is just at the turnoff for Carrie Blake Park. The park in Sequim is a good stop for lunch or, if you prefer, Sequim Bay State Park is another option.
We would recommend this section of the trail.
I rode from the City Pier in Port Angeles, east, for 15 miles. I wanted to go farther, but had time constraints. Most of the ride is great, and I am so glad it is here! I just wanted to comment that around 5 or so miles east of City Pier, there are some quite steep sections - not long, but steep, and they have totally blind and very sharp curves on them, and the trail is very narrow. A recipe for disaster... So - ride carefully, and if you can't see around the curve - go really, really slow. I encountered:
2) Families complete with grandma in a motorized wheelchair and dogs, taking up the entire trail
4) Families with children taking up the entire trail
And - even great cyclists just can't stay on their side of the road when the turn is super sharp and you are going up or down.
Again - a great trail, but be careful while having fun!!!
Hopefully I can do other sections tomorrow!
We began the trail at the Port Townsend waterfront behind the boatyard. We cycled the entire trail – out and back. The trail is about 7.3 miles one way.
The trail width varies but most of it is narrow. The widest parts of the trail are along easements adjacent to private land since the trail also doubles as someone’s driveway. At about mile 6, the trail gets very narrow and is actually a footpath through the woods for a short distance to Discovery Road. Once you cross Discovery Road, there is a short but steep uphill to the end at Milo Curry trailhead.
Contrary to some articles written about the trail, the trail is primarily packed dirt or crushed stone – no asphalt. The only section of the trail that is paved is the underpass under Discovery Road and Highway 20.
There are three trailheads – Port Townsend Waterfront, Cape George, and the newest trailhead at 7.3 miles called Milo Curry. There is no water on the trail but there are porta-potties at each trailhead.
I would certainly recommend this trail. It has a lot of variety from views of the water at the beginning to rural-like settings towards the end.
If you plan on riding west from the East Beach end of the Spruce Railroad Trail, be prepared for dips in the trail which will compromise the rear derailier of your trike. I was not happy with the rocks which jutted from some places of the rail, as they caught the under carriage of my trike. You will have to walk your trike through several streams & it is quite muddy and narrower than your trike in many places.
However, the trail on the west end of the lake is a beautifully maintained paved section, stretching 6.5 miles.
Watch out for bear and mountain lion & read up on how to handle confrontations with these animals.
The Railroad bridge is now completely open and in great shape.
Just to let people know, the permanent trestle replacement at Railroad Bridge park in Sequim has been mostly completed and reopened to the public. Ongoing work on the ramp leading to the Truss section will probably require a brief re-closure in February to replace the wooden deck with concrete. As much preliminary work as possible is being done with the bridge open, so it is hoped that the closure in February will be short.
Wonderful views, and a little urban too. Have been mostly on the eastern end; Sequim to Blyn. Even when you are not on a "trail", the shoulders a generous and people are mostly polite. Very little hills!!
There are slight hills, winding through classic Pacific NW scenery. Helpful signs and a parking lot JUST for trail users (with Sani-can and water spigot for filling your water container) !! The whole portion of this trail can easily be done in a day and is quite UN-crowded. Forest, pastures and a stunning view of a part of Puget Sound near the Port Townsend end. Both gravel and paved.
The Dungeness River trestle at Railroad Bridge Park was closed in February 2015 after storm runoff washed out several supports. The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, owners of park, are proposing a mid-December, 2015, reopening. Meanwhile, you can find a 4.5-mile detour around the site at http://www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com/planning_info/detour_route.html .
This trail was such a pleasant bike trail for our 10 year old kids and I to use today! It was a great way to get 4 miles on our bikes with ease, due to the nice, nearly flat grade and pavement all the way. We can't wait to go out again!The bald eagle, seal and flock of geese along the way made it just beautiful, with Mt.Baker as a gorgeous backdrop. This trail is a favorite now.
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