Biking on the Olympic Discovery Trail in Port Angeles

Biking & Bike Trails in Port Angeles and On the Olympic Peninsula

Port Angeles is one of the most bike-friendly destinations in all of Washington for both mountain biking and road cycling. Bring your bike — or rent one — to explore the 130-mile Olympic Discovery Trail, or join us for the Olympic Peninsula’s Ride the Hurricane where you’ll get to cruise without cars at the Olympic National Park’s Hurricane Ridge. If you’re still looking for more routes to pedal, hop on an 18-mile Black Ball Coho ferry ride across the Strait of Juan de Fuca into Victoria, British Columbia for a chance to ride in the biking capital of Canada.

From some of Washington State’s best mountain biking trails to road cycling through the Olympic National Park, you’ll want to make a plan to to bike around the Olympic Peninsula’s largest city and see why Port Angeles is becoming one of Washington State’s most popular biking towns. 

Mountain Biking in Port Angeles

Port Angeles’ mountain biking trails are still a closely guarded secret by some in the MTB community. But it’s not because the trails aren’t worth talking about or tackling. The area has trails ranging from beginner to very difficult. The Olympic Discovery Trail has an “Adventure Trail” route offshoot with 25-miles of single and double track trails. More miles of trails are in the works. The Dry Hill Trail offers over 24 MTB trails — and counting — of challenging downhill if you’re willing to work climb for it. Both sections of the OAT and Dry Hill trails are dog-friendly since they’re not located within the Olympic National Park boundary.

MTB pros and weekend warriors looking to test their skills on world-class bike trails show up for the NW Cup downhill mountain bike race series. Port Angeles’ Dry Hill Mountain Bike Trails network is like no other. If you can, we recommend extending your stay to roll on over to Vancouver Island in B.C. (British Columbia). Canada’s mountain biking trails get plenty of fanfare for their epic wooded trail rides and Victoria, B.C. is a quick ferry ride across the Strait.

Road Biking & Road Cycling in Port Angeles

Road biking around Port Angeles and the Olympic Peninsula is an absolute thrill for road cycling enthusiasts. Annual events like the Ride the Hurricane and Tour de Lavender, happening every August over one weekend, invite cyclists to explore just a sliver of the amount of cycling available to those who prefer to burn rubber on pavement. The Big Hurt is a multi-sport event every September with not only both mountain biking and road cycling, but a kayak leg and a 10K run. Trike riders will appreciate spinning their wheels along the 6.5 miles of paved path along the Spruce Railroad trail — stick to the west end of this trail for a smooth ride.

If you tire of cycling up the hills and through the Olympic Mountains, opt for a serene ride through lavender and produce farms. The Sequim-Dungeness Valley’s gently sloping hills make it easy to ride from farm to farm along quiet backcountry roads where you can pick up ingredients for dinner and gifts for friends back home. Breathe in the sea and mountain vistas and the fresh scent of lavender as you pedal.

Leisure Biking Around Port Angeles

Spend the morning or a portion of the afternoon exploring the Olympic Discovery Trail, a paved 70+ mile path that meanders between Port Townsend and downtown Port Angeles and beyond. This scenic trail is a fun ride for the whole family, including Fido. From the Red Lion Hotel in downtown Port Angeles, pedal onto the trail for about a 3.5-mile round-trip out to Ediz Hook, a lengthy sandy spit that is responsible for the calm waters along the city’s harbor. As you head west on the trail, you’ll ride through the City’s waterfront park. Pause to admire a small taste of Port Angeles’ art around town as you pass numerous art sculptures. The Ediz Hook route is punctuated with several more city parks — including the Sail & Paddle Park where you can easily launch a kayak or paddleboard — a historic lighthouse now used by the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, and plenty of picnic spots for spotting marine life and the 200+ species of birds that inhabit the area. Or just admire the Olympic Mountains sitting atop the cityscape.

Port Angeles Pumptrack

The Port Angeles Pumptrack is now open! It’s a playground for everything with wheels located next to the skatepark and near the Dream Playground in Erickson Playfield (across from Civic Field). The Port Angeles Pumptrack was designed and built by American Ramp Co. and Velosolutions and is the largest asphalt Velosolutions pumptrack on the West Coast. The PA Pumptrack is open daily and free to use. Plus, there is a dedicated adaptive accessible loop which is the first Velosolutions adaptive pumptrack in the United States and one of only two adaptive pumptracks in North America.

Lincoln Park BMX Track

The Port Angeles BMX park, located at Lincoln Park, offers dirt jumpers a place to compete and practice. The City of Port Angeles invested funds to make the Lincoln Park BMX a contender track to host future races including the 2022 USA BMX Gold Cup Finals. Look for special riding events and weekly races, including the annual Little Hurt — part of the Big Hurt multi-sport race — where kids in 1st through 9th grade can compete in BMX, rowing and running.

Bike Rentals, eBike Rentals & Bike Shuttles

If you want to extend your biking adventure, rent an e-bike from Elwha eBike Adventures (located near the Olympic Adventure Trailhead and the Elwha River) or Discover E-Bike (located on the Port Angeles Waterfront Trail), you can pedal as much as you want until you need to take a breather. Then, turn on the electric assist for an easy-breezy ride. Adventures in Kayaking offers guided mountain bike tours for all levels as well as mountain bike rentals with very easy access to the Olympic Adventure Trail. Need a mountain bike shuttle for Dry Hill MTB trails? Contact MicroShuttles through the Dry Hill Bike Park Facebook page.

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