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.
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.
Points of Interest
Sequim—pronounced “skwim”—is a small town near some of the wettest temperate rainforests in the U.S. This unique climate makes it a center for lavender cultivation. Originally inhabited by the S’Klallam tribe, Sequim’s Museum and Arts Center tells the story of the town, including the first known human-mastodon contact some 13,000 years ago.
Hurricane Ridge is an outdoorsman’s dream, with hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Take in the rugged splendor of the Olympic Mountains, including heavily forested foothills and deep valleys. The ridge gets its name from the high winds that can occur in the area, so ride with care.
Hood Canal is one of the four main basins of the Puget Sound. Known for its bounty of shellfish, the area features many interesting museums, flowing waterfalls, and gorgeous parks. It’s a perfect setting for taking a break from the saddle and stretching your legs.