City Escapes:  Seattle, Washington

Text: Ile Kauppila • Photography: Dominic Bonuccelli

Take a break from the bustle of Seattle, WA, to explore the most northwesterly corner of the U.S. on the Olympic Peninsula. This route takes you on a ride along the mountainous Hurricane Ridge, through forested twisties. Before getting there, you can take some time off the highway on a short three-mile detour through Sequim on backroads that pass gorgeous lavender farms. On the way back along US 101, you even get to test your sea legs with a ride on the Bremerton Ferry.

The pavement is in fair to good condition, but the going gets rougher as you climb up to the Olympic National Park. You’ll encounter traffic around Seattle, and the Hurricane Trailhead is a popular travel destination as well. Overall, this loop is quite manageable, even if it’s a very full day. You’ll have lots to see and do on this unique City Escape. 

Lunch Stop

Enjoy some unconventional riding grub and grab a plate of fresh oysters at Hama Hama Oyster Saloon. The restaurant is currently reservation only, so make sure to call ahead. Find it at 35846 N US 101, Lilliwaup, WA, (360) 877-5811.  www.hamahamaoysters.com/pages/oyster-saloon