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TRAILS WITHIN A FEW MILES OF THE SHOP
LARRY SCOTT MEMORIAL TRAIL
The Larry Scott Memorial Trail is a 7.3 mile packed gravel trail running from downtown Port Townsend to Milo Curry Rd., a half mile from Highway 20. The Larry Scott Memorial Trail is an extension of the Olympic Peninsula Trail which will eventually go from Port Townsend to Neah Bay, WA. The trail is beautifully constructed and is available for non-motorized transportation and recreational purposes including walking, bicycling, wheeling, and horseback riding. It is ADA approved.
The northernmost trailhead is in the Port Townsend Boat Haven. To access the trailhead, turn on Haines Place into the Boat Haven, and head towards the water. Parking and restrooms are available at the trailhead.
Cappy's is a network of trails located on the west side of Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Port Townsend. This is a great local option for cyclists, hikers, dog walkers, and equestrians. Cappy's has easy, intermediate, and advanced trails and features. It is part of Jefferson Land Trust.
FORT WORDEN STATE PARK
"Fort Worden Historical State Park is a 433-acre multi-use park with more than 2 miles of saltwater shoreline and a wide variety of services and facilities." The park includes 2.6 miles of ADA accessible hiking trails, 11.2 miles of hiking trails, 8.3 miles of biking trails, and 100 historic features.
"A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. At Fort Worden a Discover Pass is required to visit at a campsite, in the beach area and at the main trailheads for day use parking." Discover Passes are available at for purchase at the park. —parks.state.wa.us
PORT TOWNSEND SKATE PARK
Built by Dreamland Skateparks in 2006, the Port Townsend Skate park features advanced deep bowls, rails, a beginner section, a drinking fountain, and a "sani-can" style toilet facility. The park is located on Monroe Street between Washington St. and Jefferson St. View photos of the park by Concrete Disciples.
TRAILS WITHIN 60 MILES OF PORT TOWNSEND
The Olympic Discovery Trail is a designated non-motorized, multi-use trail spanning the north end of the Olympic Peninsula. The trail winds through fields and farms, parks and towns; over creeks, rivers and ravines on restored railroad trestles; and past beaches and national recreation areas. The ODT is a work in progress, currently comprised of paved trail and temporary, on-road riding. The bulk of completed trail spans about 35 miles between Blyn, seven miles east of Sequim, and the Elwha River, about seven miles west of Port Angeles.
The easternmost trailhead in Blyn is accessible from Port Townsend by car or a 24 mile, on road ride. The ride from Port Townsend to Blyn starts with the Larry Scott Memorial Trail, then moves onto road for the remainder of the ride. The most direct route is Highway 20, Old Gardiner Road, Highway 101, and Old Blyn Highway, with a steep, shoulderless section on Highway 20. Once on the trail, "signs and Info Way-finding is assisted by the small, blue trail navigation signs placed at intersections, forks, and turns all along the trail...Kiosks with local maps and information are located every 5-10 miles. Restrooms or Sanicans can be found every 2-3 miles along the more popular sections of the trail. Temporary on-road portions of the trail do not have signs." Visit the ODT's website for detailed trail descriptions, trail alerts, maps, and more.
OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL
FORT TOWNSEND HISTORICAL STATE PARK
Known locally as Old Fort Townsend, this state park is a leisurely 5-mile ride from our shop using the Larry Scott Memorial Trail and low-traffic roads. Dirt doubletrack within the park offers fun and easy trail riding within a forest setting that makes you feel farther from civilization than you are. These trails are great riding for families and cyclists new to trail riding. Some trails are off-limits to bikes; look for the designation on trail markers at trail intersections.
The Olympic Adventure Route (OAR) is a 25 mile alternative to the paved, rail grade ODT route between the Elwha River and Lake Crescent. It is designed for mountain bikers, hikers, and equestrians. It has 25 miles of double and single track riding over very scenic, hilly, forested terrain. The trail is entirely off road except the last 4 miles on the west end, which is on old RR grade along the Lyre River and shared with logging access.
The easternmost trailhead is located on the west side of Highway 112, about five miles west of Port Angeles. Parking is available at the trailhead. Visit the ODT's website for descriptions of all segments and access points.
OLYMPIC ADVENTURE ROUTE
ANDERSON LAKE STATE PARK
Anderson Lake State Park is a network of short trails suitable for either a quick ride or a longer workout. The park has ten trails circling Anderson Lake, making a total of 8 miles of trails. The innermost loop around the lake is 3.14 miles. This is a great option for hikers, dog walkers, equestrians, and mountain bikers of all levels. Anderson Lake State Park is maintained by Quimper Trails Association and Buckhorn Chapter's Backcounty Horsemen.
The park is located about five miles south of Port Townsend, with car and trailer parking available at the trailhead. There are two outhouses at the main trailhead. A Discover Pass is required for day use parking. Discover Passes are available for purchase at the trialhead.
GIBBS LAKE COUNTY PARK
Gibbs Lake County Park is located in Chimacum, about 15 miles south of Port Townsend. The park is "300 acres of amazing natural forest area with lake; Seven miles of multiple purpose single track trail; Mountain bike jumps, balance logs, built structures for tricks; Hiking; Horseback riding; 45 acre lake; Boat launch area; Incredible fishing; Challenge course; Beautiful 100 year old forest; Currently being expanded by 240 acres including old growth forests."—countyrec.com
H.J. CARROLL PARK
H.J. Carroll Park has a small, but worthwhile, BMX track. The park is located in Chimacum, about 15 miles south of Port Townsend. The entrance of the park is on the bus route. The BMX track is currently maintained by the Jefferson County Parks Department. H.J. Carroll Park also features a walking path, tennis courts, basketball courts, pavilions, playground equipment, disc golf, and more. In the near future, with enough interest and dedication, the track will be upgraded (ask Pete for more details and the current specs on the project).
FORT FLAGLER HISTORICAL STATE PARK
The bluff you see across the water from Port Townsend is Fort Flagler, at the tip of scenic Marrowstone Island. An 18-mile drive takes you to this state park’s trails for all skill levels. Five miles of smooth doubletrack grid through the woods and down to the beach, letting you piece together as much or as little riding as you desire. Bankhead Trail and Wilderness Trail in combination give approximately 1 mile of moderately challenging singletrack. Picnic areas, camping, bunkers, beaches, a lighthouse, and amazing views are among the other features the park offers.
Parking requires a Discover Pass.
One of the Olympic Peninsula’s hidden treasures, Miller Peninsula State Park Property is a state park under development that features 14 miles of singletrack and doubletrack trails. Volunteer groups are working to place signage and kiosks at trail intersections. Both legs of the Diamond Point Trail from the trailhead, Manzanita Trail, Bluff Trail, Fireweed Trail, Old Yarrow Trail, and Beach Trail Cutoff are blue-level, intermediate skill technical trails, with roots, short climbs and descents, switchbacks, and rocks. Take Beach Trail to the water’s edge for spectacular views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Protection Island Aquatic Reserve.
Miller Peninsula is about a 40-minute drive from Port Townsend. The Miller Peninsula trailhead, which features plenty of parking and the property’s only toilets, is on Diamond Point Road. Parking requires a Discover Pass. See peninsula-state-park-20324/ for trail maps and current conditions.
MILLER PENINSULA STATE PARK PROPERTY
Located in the Buckhorn Wilderness Area of the Olympic National Park, Lower Big Quil Trail curves and swoops through moss-draped Douglas firs and spreads of ferns as it crosses back and forth over the Big Quilcene River. The singletrack trail is mostly smooth and flowy, with a few areas of steep grade (10 to 15 percent) along the river. The ride is an out-and-back for a total of 12 miles, starting from Forest Service Road 2750 (Ten Mile Shelter) and going to the Marmot Pass/Upper Big Quilcene Trailhead parking lot.
Stop at the ranger station just outside Quilcene driving south on Highway 101 for directions and information about current trail conditions. Lower Big Quil Trail is about an hour’s drive from Port Townsend.
LOWER BIG QUILCENE TRAIL #833
A 40-minute drive across the Hood Canal Bridge takes you to some of the area’s most diverse and fun riding. More than 35 miles of trails – singletrack, doubletrack, and gravel service road – crisscross the 3400 acres of Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park, spanning the spectrum of technical difficulty. These trails truly offer something for everyone! Port Gamble Forest Heritage Park is a working forest; logging may close or reroute trails.
For current closures and trail conditions, check northkitsaptrails.org or The Bay View Trailhead, just south of Port Gamble and right off highway 104, provides parking and easy trail access. An overflow lot across the highway extends parking capacity on busy weekends.
PORT GAMBLE FOREST HERITAGE PARK
Take a scenic ferry crossing to Whidbey Island for trail adventures at Fort Ebey State Park and the adjacent Kettles Trail System. Between these two parks are 35 miles of mostly singletrack and some doubletrack trails that flow and climb (most gently, some grunters) through second growth forest and glacial ravines known geologically as kettles.
The Fort Ebey entrance is 7 miles from the Coupeville ferry terminal, making it more practical to pack up the bikes and drive onto the ferry. Vehicle reservations are recommended and can be made online (www.wsdot.wa.gov/Ferries/TakeaFerry/) or by phone. Parking at Fort Ebey State Park requires a Discover Pass.
FORT EBEY STATE PARK/KETTLES TRAIL SYSTEM
BANNER FOREST HERITAGE PARK
Who knew you could pack so many trails into such a small space? Just one square mile, Banner Forest features over 10 miles of tight and technical trails that snake and twist through firs, cedars, and salal. Most are singletrack and can be ridden either direction, doubling the possibilities. Trail signage is good. A service road winds through the park for easy riding and to connect trails. Trails are well-maintained and fun for all skill levels. The drive to Banner Forest from Port Townsend takes about an hour and 10 minutes. The trailhead is on Banner Road Southeast. Banner Forest (evergreenmtb.org)