Sequim and the Dungeness Spit

15Mar13

On Saturday, September 15th we rode back through Port Townsend, WA and pedaled the Larry Scott Memorial Trail in the reverse direction and stopped briefly in Chimacum for some more apples and bananas. From here we decided to take Center Road south to Route 104 and then after a long gradual climb we blazed down to 101. This was to avoid a really long and tight section on Route 20 around the southern tip of Discovery Bay. This would also let us avoid some really heavy traffic. Once through the wild intersection of 101 and 20 we started up the west side of Discovery Bay paralleling 101 on the Old Gardiner Road. It was nice and quiet and supposedly we were now on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Signage was poor and there wasn’t much of a trail to speak of but no traffic at all. The route was full of Blackberries and we continued to graze at the spots that were too good to pass up. We were now on Washington’s Miller Peninsula.  The route occasionally popped out onto 101 for short sections and the terrain undulated making for easy pedaling. The day was soon ending and we finally picked up a separate paved section of the Olympic Discovery Trail outside of the small town of Blynn, WA. We rode only a couple of miles and we happened upon the Jamestown S’kallam Indian Reservation. Here we stopped at one of the nicest stores we have ever come across run by the tribe. We met some nice folks walking their dog and even got to watch some salmon working their way upstream on the Dean Creek.

Big, quiet roads south of Chimacum,WA

Hazy view of the Olympic Range

Cabooses turned into a business, now for sale along Discovery Bay

House Pole at a wayside area along the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Jamestown S’kalallam Indian Reservation

Key to the above House Pole

As evening approached a chill descended upon us. We made our way into the dark  Sequim (pronounced [Squim]) Bay State Park. Here the Olympic Discovery Trail ran right through the park and offered convenient hiker-biker sites. We settled into camp, had a fire and slept hard.

Sequim Bay in the evening

The next morning we took a little hike around the park, caught showers, packed up our bikes and moved on down the trail. Our goal for the day was to pick blueberries at Graysmarsh Farm, check out town and then make our way up to the Dungeness Spit which was recommended to us by our friend Roxanne. As we neared town, right on the trail we came to the Sequim Chamber of Commerce where we got a little wi-fi and had a snack. The weather in Sequim is amazing. Those who know call Sequim the blue hole and it does receive some of the driest and bluest weather in Washington. Sequim is located ina rain shadow and receives about 18″ of rain a year. The views of the Olympic range were stunning all day long.

Low tide at Sequim Bay

Leaving Sequim Bay State Park

Found some blueberries!

View from Graysmarsh Farm

Container ship passes by on the Strait of Juan de Fuca

Pick your own at Graysmarsh Farm

Great little 50 gallon hand washing station outside of a port-o-pottie

On the outskirts of Sequim we passed by the Olympic Game farm where we saw all kinds of large game grazing in the fields. With some high priced admission fee we chose to continue along our way to get out to the water. Finding our way into the Dungeness Recreation Area was easy and we were able to find some ride-able horse trails into the park that brought us right into the campground. Clallam County has some information on their website too. This area was under National protection and our National Park Pass once again got us in for free! We got our tent set up in the really remote, hard to find hiker-biker sites.  At $7 a night it was a good bargain. After camp was set up we decided to head out for a hike on the spit to watch the sun go down over the Strait of Juan de Fuca. That night we had a fire and slept soundly once again.

Amazing some of the things we see for sale along the side of the road

Riding along horse trails within the recreation area

Approaching the Dungeness Spit

Dungeness Bay

Stillness on Dungeness Bay

Looking out and down the Dungeness Spit

Looking back toward land

Debi exploring the Spit

Eroding cliffs

An ancient tree rests on the beach

The Dungeness Spit with Dungeness Bay on the right

Sunset over the Strait of Juan de Fuca

On Monday, September 17th we got up in the early morning chilliness and packed up and hit the road. We road back into Sequim and picked up the Olympic Discovery Trail once again. We rode in and out of the forest, along the water and eventually, after winding through some industrial areas it brought us right into Port Angeles, WA. Most of the route was quiet and we were able to see some sea otters fishing and sun bathing on the rocks. Once in town we bought our ferry tickets, met some bikers who had just finished the riding the Great Divide Mountain bike route. We also hit the super market to get our sundries as we heard things can get a little expensive on Vancouver Island. Here we take a ferry to British Columbia.

Early morning in Sequim

Mountain view from the ODT

Cool stencil of Trail logo

On the way to Port Angeles, WA

Trestle through the woods

A few miles out from Port Angeles, WA

Sea otter with fish in his mouth

See you on the boat!

B+D

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2 Responses to “Sequim and the Dungeness Spit”

  1. 1 Alice briere kelemen

    you kids do a great job…love all your pictures and stories as you go along your way.how wonderful for you to see our great country..hope to meet you one day back home in Vt. :) your cousin Alice briere kelemen


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