Mountain Bike Rides of the Olympic Peninsula

Adventure Route
Location: starts on Highway 112 W., just past the Elwha river, look for pull out and trail sign/map on your left when traveling west. Trail continues to Lake Crescent

Distance: Total of 25 miles of singletrack riding, a variety of different sections can be ridden as either an out and back or loops can be created by utilizing adjacent DNR roads.

Difficulty: Suitable for beginner to advanced mountain bikers

Equipment: Mountain bike with knobby tires

Scenery: Forested and open areas giving the rider views of deep fern laden forest mixed with open views to both the South looking to the Elwha watershed and Carrie Glacier then to the North giving the rider sweeping views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island.

Elevation Gain/Loss: nothing more than a 7% grade, the trail high point is at mile 13, trail elevation varies between 800 ft. (mile 1) and 1500 ft. (mile 13) Riders can expect a mix of both ups and downs throughout the ride.

Notes: Well signed, groomed and maintained, one of the primo trails on the Olympic Peninsula with close access to Port Angeles, Lake Crescent, and Hurricane Ridge. Guided Tours, Mountain Bike Rentals, Shuttle Service (by reservation) and Free Maps are available at Adventures Through Kayaking/Adventure Bike Tours.


Spruce Railroad Trail

Location: trailhead is located at Lake Crescent, take East Beach Rd. past Log Cabin Resort and follow signs to Spruce Railroad Trail

Distance: 8 miles out and back; the trail now continues as part of the Olympic Discovery Trail where riders can continue another 8 miles one way to the Sol Duc River.

Difficulty: Suitable for beginner to advanced, this trail is now newly paved and great for folks wanting a gentle paved ride through beautiful forest.

Equipment: Any bike

Scenery/Description: The only bike trail within Olympic National Park, following the shores of glacially carved Lake Crescent, it is an incredibly scenic ride travelling through old growth fern laden forests.
Elevation Gain/Loss: small ups and downs, nothing notable

Notes: Well signed and heavily travelled, there is an option to continue past the 4 mile point onto a paved trail that continues another four miles.

Guided Tours, Mountain Bike Rentals, Shuttle Service (by reservation) and Free Maps are available at Adventures Through Kayaking/Adventure Bike Tours.


Mount Mueller and optional Fouts House Rock

Location: Mile post 216 on Highway 101 West, 31 miles west of Port Angeles, turn on FS Rd. 3071, follow signs, trailhead is well marked

Distance: 13 mile loop ride

Difficulty: Very difficult for advanced/expert riders

Equipment: Mountain bike with knobby tires

Scenery/Description: Singletrack trail with super challenging climbs, switchbacks, incredible views of Lake Crescent and Mt. Olympus, followed by fast techie downhill.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 3100 ft.

Note: this trail is has it all, brutal climbs, amazing views, and stellar downhill, be prepared with map/GPS, water, food and bike repair tools. If you prefer an easier option hit the Fouts House Rock Ride, a 9 mile out and back that eliminates the elevation gain; this trail starts at the same trailhead.

Mountain Bike Rentals are available at Adventures Through Kayaking/Adventure Bike Tours.


Miller Peninsula

Location: From Blyn, near Seven Cedars Casino, east of Sequim- turn onto East Sequim Bay Rd. follow past Burling Rd. and look for unmarked parking area on your right

Distance: Varies, 8-14 miles

Difficulty: Beginner to advanced mountain bikers

Equipment: Mountain bike with knobby tires

Scenery/Description: Great year round ride through a mix of drier climate vegetation such as madrona, manzanita and rhododendron. One of the easier double track trails is an 8 mile out and back to a beautiful beach along Discovery Bay, views of Protection Island, Mt. Baker and the San Juan Islands. A number of side singletrack trails loop around and depart from the main trail creating a longer ride, more difficult ride.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 300 ft.

Note: This is a super fun trail, but is not signed, bring a map/compass and GPS, one of the best times to ride is in June when the rhododendrons are in full bloom.

Mountain Bike Rentals are available at Adventures Through Kayaking/Adventure Bike Tours.


Dungeness/Gold Creek

Location: Highway 101 East of Sequim, turn on Palo Alto Rd. turn right on FS Rd. 2880, follow signs to Dungeness Trails, turn left on Spur Rd. #230, follow for one mile and park.

Distance: 19 mile loop on forest service gravel road and singletrack

Difficulty: Advanced

Equipment: Mountain bike with knobby tires

Scenery/Description: Begin by riding back up Spur Rd. #230, go left on FS 2880 and follow until you get to the Gold Creek Trailhead, from here it is a smooth, fast flowy singletrack with tight switchbacks and exposed elements that keep your attention. Old growth trees and escaping crowds are major bonuses to this trail.

Elevation Gain/Loss: 2000 ft.

Note: Within Olympic National Forest, be prepared for a full day with all your supplies, National Forest Pass is required. Optional out and back Lower Dungeness River ride, continue driving past Spur #230 and park at the Dungeness Trails trailhead, from here hop on your bike and enjoy riding through old growth forest on the lower Dungeness trail, fantastic lush forest adjacent to the Dungeness River.

Mountain Bike Rentals are available at Adventures Through Kayaking/Adventure Bike Tours.


Top 5 Kayak & Stand Up Paddleboard Trips

Freshwater Bay- A protected bay located near Port Angeles, WA

Launch Point: Freshwater Bay County Park, located 11 miles west of Port Angeles.
Take Highway 101 West, turn right on Highway 112 (Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway,) travel
for 5 miles and turn right on Freshwater Bay Rd. Drive to end of Freshwater Bay Rd,
to the boat launch at Freshwater Bay County Park.

Facilities: Parking, boat launch and outhouse; nearest camping at Elwha Dam RV Park

Difficulty: Paddling Freshwater Bay on your own requires minimum intermediate kayak
skills as conditions vary. Paddlers should always evaluate the wind, current,
tides and weather for the day/location. Also, kayakers need to be competent in
their self rescue skills and be dressed appropriately for the water temperature. If
paddlers have not taken a kayak class, then folks should sign up for a guided tour.

Distance: Varies

Scenery: This is the primo sea kayak destination along the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the
Whale Trail. It is common to experience a variety of wildlife, including mammals,
birds, invertebrates and fisherman (ha ha, just kidding.) The shoreline is cliffy with seastacks and
private beaches, making for an incredibly scenic pristine paddle. It is one of those areas where
you get that “Wild”, but close to town experience.

Other Notes: The boat launch can be very busy, always park in the designated car parking areas
and if using the boat launch be efficient, courteous and aware of other users including
fisherman. Also, the beaches are private, so plan your trip to avoid utilizing private property.


Lake Crescent- Kayaking in Olympic National Park

Scenery: Absolutely beautiful- when kayaking Lake Crescent you will experience an array of blues, the variance of
water color and clarity often times reminds paddlers of tropical regions. The lake is
surrounded by nearby peaks including Storm King, Pyramid and Sourdough.

Launch Point: There are several area to launch along the shores of Lake Crescent.

1.) East Beach– this picnic area is located 12 miles west of Port Angeles, take Highway
101 West, turn right on East Beach Rd., follow the sign and turn left at East Beach.

2.) Log Cabin Resort– a full facility resort with restrooms, restaurant, gift shop and ice cream.
From Port Angeles, take Highway 101 West, turn righ on East Beach Rd, drive three miles and turn left
into resort. If using their boat launch there is a nominal $3.00 launch fee (may vary,) and
camping available.

3.) Lake Crescent Lodge– a full facility classic lodge within Olympic National Park offering restrooms,
bar, restaurant, snacks and gift shop.

Difficulty: Paddling Lake Crescent can vary from easy to difficult, all depending on the wind for
that particular day. Be sure if you are paddling a cockpitted kayak that you are competent in
self rescue skills. It is crucial to properly evaluate your current and forecasted wind for the
specific day and location. The water temperature varies from the 50’s to 60’s depending on the
time of year, be sure to dress appropriately for immersion.

Be Aware: The wind can pick up fast, always be scanning the distance and evaluate for a change
of conditions.


Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge- located near Sequim, WA

Scenery: The Dungeness Spit within Dungeness Wildlife Refuge is the longest sand spit in the country.
It is a long flat sandy area with a lots of seals and a variety of marine birds. If you are a birder
this would be a high priority kayak destination, as migratory species typically make a rest stop here.
Often times kayakers make their destination the historical Dungeness Lighthouse where a picnic lunch
can be enjoyed.

Launch Point: Cline Spit- beginning in Sequim, WA, travel north on Sequim Ave., it will turn into
Sequim/Dungeness Way, approximately 3 miles out of town turn right onto Marine Drive, turn right
onto Cline Spit Rd., park at the boat launch.

Facilities: Boat launch with outhouse; nearby camping at Dungeness Spit National Wildlife Refuge

Difficulty: Kayaking Dungeness Spit can be a very challenging trip due to big tidal exchanges that
cause very strong currents. Be sure that you are at least an intermediate kayaker with rescue skills,
and must knowledgeable of how to evaluate your wind, tides, and currents in picking a good route
and a good day to paddle the area- avoid days with large tidal exchanges.

Other Notes: It is required to call ahead (360) 457-8451 and make a reservation if you plan to land
at the lighthouse; all others areas are off limits to landing. Please note information signs at boat
launch to learn about where you can and cannot paddle within the Wildlife Refuge.


Salt Creek Recreation Area
Located approximately 30 miles west of Port Angeles

Scenery: Beautiful place to kayak, paddlers will be cruising in and out of rocky coves intermixed with
tucked away beaches. Typical wildlife include marine mammals, birds, invertebrates and eagles; this
area is along the Whale Trail. When launching you are instantly greeted by a seastack and rock formations.

Launch Point: From Port Angeles, drive west on Highway 101, turn right on Highway 112, turn right on
Camp Hayden Rd., pass the entrance to Salt Creek Rec. area, and park in a lot on your right.

Facilities: Parking and outhouse; nearby camping at both Salt Creek Rec. area and Crescent Beach RV Park.

Difficulty: Moderate to advance- launching from this location requires you to either paddle your
kayak to the Strait via Salt Creek (if it is deep enough,) or to carry your kayak the 100 -200 yds.
to the water. Paddlers must have minimum intermediate kayak skills, having proficiency in evaluating
conditions, including surf, and rescue skills. The water temperature is a constant 50 degrees in
both winter and summer. The are can also surf, check your surf/swell reports prior to launching.

Other Notes: If Salt Creek is running high, there can be a rip current formed from the creek’s outflow.
Also, be respectful that the gorgeous beach west of Salt Creek is the privately owned Crescent Beach.
It is illegal for anyone to be on Crescent Beach unless they have purchase a day use pass. This is
a good option because the beach is super nice and a fun place to practice surf kayaking.


Ediz Hook- Port Angeles, WA

Scenery: One of the best aspects of kayaking the Port Angeles harbor is the view of the city
with the towering Olympic Mountains in the background. You are guaranteed a variety of marine birds,
and lots of harbor seals. This is an in town paddle, great for the convenience and wildlife.

Launch Point: From Port Angeles, drive west on Marine Drive, it will turn into Ediz Hook, park at the
the Sail and Paddle City Park.

Facilities: Parking, outhouse, and sandy/rocky beach; nearest camping at Heart of the Hills, several
hotels are nearby in Port Angeles.

Difficulty: Varies depending on day, the area is typically protected from swells and currents; however,
wind does play a factor. As always, be prepared by dressing for immersion (the water is 50 degrees,) and
know your rescue skills.

More Kayak Resources:
Port AngelesTides- tides.mobilegeographics.com/locations/4854.html
American Whitewater- americanwhitewater.org
NOAA Weather- noaa.gov
Local Paddle Club- olympicpeninsulapaddlers.com

Camping Equipment Rentals:
Olympic Camping Rentals olympiccampingrentals.com

Must Do’s:
Harbinger Winery harbingerwinery.com
Olympic National Park nps.gov/olym/index.htm

Lodging:
Olympic Lodge olympiclodge.com
Colette’s Bed and Breakfast colettes.com
A Hidden Haven ahiddenhaven.com
Fern Haven fernhavencottage.com