Top 8 Places to Bike in Port Angeles

Top 8 Places to Bike in Port Angeles

From exciting annual biking events and races to some of Washington state’s best mountain biking trails, Port Angeles’ year-round biking and cycling opportunities are plentiful. Check out the round-up of the top eight places to bike around Port Angeles and make a plan to ride!

1. Port Angeles Waterfront Trail on the Olympic Discovery Trail

Port Angeles’ waterfront trail is part of the 130-mile Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) aptly referred to as the “Pathway to the Pacific” which skirts the Strait of Juan de Fuca through Port Angeles all the way to the Pacific Ocean in La Push. Go for a sunset ride out to Ediz Hook for stunning Olympic Mountain views and keep your eyes peeled for sea otters and orca whales in the harbor. Or pedal east towards Sequim to discover quiet beaches, forested creeks, lavender farms, and plenty of accredited birdwatching locations by the National Audubon Society.

Bicyclists look out over Port Angeles Harbor from Ediz Hook. A rainbow and clouds are in the sky.
An evening rainbow reaches up from Ediz Hook while bicyclists look out on the Port Angeles Harbor. | Photo by Lynnette Braillard / Visit Port Angeles

2. Elwha River Bridge on the Olympic Discovery Trail

Pedal across a scenic bicycle bridge over the mighty Elwha River and head to Salt Creek Recreation Area for a day of tidepooling, hiking, and whale watching.

Bicyclists ride on a suspended bridge underneath a road with a river underneath.
Bicyclists ride over the Elwha River on the suspended bicycle bridge. | Photo by Ben Haggar / Visit Port Angeles

3. Spruce Railroad Trail

Bike the historic Spruce Railroad Trail along Lake Crescent for stunning lake views. Take a side trip to Devil’s Punchbowl where an impressive bridge stretches over a deep water pool that’s perfect for a summertime plunge.

A bicyclist rides on a trail with a bridge leading to a tunnel.
Heading towards one of the newly-built bridges on the Spruce Railroad Trail.

4. 25 Miles of Double and Single Track Riding Along the Olympic Adventure Trail (OAT)

On Highway 112 from Port Angeles, you’ll find a point-to-point trail network of mountain biking trails classified mainly as intermediate. Referred to as the “OAT,” you’ll experience long inclines and descents into mossy green forests along with Strait of Juan de Fuca water views.

Two bicyclists ride through a forest of ferns on the Olympic Discovery Trail.
The Olympic Adventure Trail winds through a forest of ferns. | Photo by Ben Haggar / Visit Port Angeles

5. The Technical Trail at Dry Hill

Home of the annual NW Cup Mountain Downhill Bike Race, Dry Hill MTB trails offer riders a selection of 24 mainly “Difficult” and even “Very Difficult” mountain bike trails. Located only seven miles from the Port Angeles city center off Highway 101, this is the spot if you like to go fast!

A mountain biker jumps a hill on a trail in the forest near Port Angeles.
A mountain biker jumps a hill on a trail near Port Angeles. | Photo by Ben Haggar / Visit Port Angeles

6. Family-Friendly Trails at Colville Bike Park

The Colville mountain bike trails are popular with all ages and are continuing to be built-out by a group of dedicated volunteers that ride. The trails are fast and flowy with plenty of hill climbs nearby. There’s a small skills park as well as a pump track. Plan to gather around the fire pit or have a picnic post-ride.

Two people with rakes prepping the dirt on a mountain bike trail in the woods.
Volunteers prep the Colville mountain bike trails. | Photo by Ben Haggar / Visit Port Angeles

7. Port Angeles Pumptrack

Test your bike skills for free at the new Port Angeles Pumptrack, which is the largest asphalt pump track on the West Coast. Designed by Velosolutions, it’s also the first adaptive use pumptrack in the entire United States.

8. Lincoln Park BMX Track

The Port Angeles Lincoln Park BMX track, located at Lincoln Park, offers dirt jumpers a place to compete and practice. Port Angeles is hosting the BMX Gold Cup Northwest National Championship Series September 2022. Look for special riding events and weekly races.

Locals’ Tip for Bike Rentals, Tours and MTB Bike Shuttles

Rent e-bikes in downtown Port Angeles near the Port Angeles Visitor Center from Discover E-Bike to go out to Ediz Hook, Morse Creek or the Elwha River. Connect with Elwha eBike Adventures to extend your biking adventures further along the ODT towards Lake Crescent. Electric bikes for rent include beach cruisers, fat tire bikes and mountain bikes. Both companies offer unique guided bike tours for small and large groups. For mountain biking rentals and tours, check out Adventures Through Kayaking. They offer half-day tours year-round as well as bike shuttles and MTB rentals. MicroShuttles can usher you into Port Angeles’ Dry Hill Bike Park area. Message them on Facebook to reserve.

Enjoying the autumn sunshine with a ride up the Elwha River.

Bike from Port Angeles to Canada

For an international side trip, consider expanding your biking mileage goals by hopping onto the Black Ball MV Coho ferry from downtown Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. which is the biking capital of Canada. The Galloping Goose Trail has 40 miles of paved trail fanning out from the city center.

A couple with bikes walks off a ferry
Bicyclists disembark from the Coho ferry. | Photo by Adam McKibben / Visit Port Angeles

Annual Biking Events

Ride the Hurricanehttps://ridethehurricane.org

Sea to Soundhttps://iansride.com/sea-to-sound

Go to VisitPortAngeles.com to learn more about biking and other activities around the city. To view additional events around the Olympic Peninsula, check out our Calendar of Events page.

Two bicyclists ride up Hurricane Hill Road with flowers in the foreground and mountains in the background.
Bicyclists peddle up to Hurricane Ridge during Ride the Hurricane. | Photo by Lynnette Braillard / Visit Port Angeles

By guest blogger Lynnette Braillard / Visit Port Angeles

Cover photo by Lynnette Braillard / Visit Port Angeles

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