Potlatch State Park to Twin Harbors State Park

Hoodsport, Washington

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This section of the Inland Route takes you through the southern reaches of Puget Sound country and then turns west to the Pacific Coast. With no specific stops or side trips between Potlatch and Twin Harbors State Parks, you can concentrate solely on riding. This is a long ride. The terrain is rolling, with several short, steep hills interspersed by long, level sections where, if there isn’t an onshore wind, the miles seem to speed away. If you are just starting down the coast and not ready for a long ride, divide the ride in two parts and spend the extra night at Lake Sylvia State Park, near Montesano. This will ensure plenty of time to get that rented surfboard waxed just the way you want it before braving the first wave at Westport. Or, if you are pressed for time, you may take a short cut on Highway 107 from Montesano and head south to rejoin the main route at Raymond. Scenery along the route varies from cooling towers of a defunct nuclear power project to blue herons fishing in the mud flats of Grays Harbor. At the end of the ride is Twin Harbors State Park, located on a thin peninsula between Grays Harbor, Elk Bay Harbor, and the Pacific Ocean (which is sometimes peaceful and sometimes not, but always interesting).
Bicycling the Pacific Coast

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Bicycling the Pacific Coast

by Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall (The Mountaineers Books)

This section of the Inland Route takes you through the southern reaches of Puget Sound country and then turns west to the Pacific Coast. With no specific stops or side trips between Potlatch and Twin Harbors State Parks, you can concentrate solely on riding. This is a long ride. The terrain is rolling, with several short, steep hills interspersed by long, level sections where, if there isn’t an onshore wind, the miles seem to speed away.

If you are just starting down the coast and not ready for a long ride, divide the ride in two parts and spend the extra night at Lake Sylvia State Park, near Montesano. This will ensure plenty of time to get that rented surfboard waxed just the way you want it before braving the first wave at Westport. Or, if you are pressed for time, you may take a short cut on Highway 107 from Montesano and head south to rejoin the main route at Raymond. Scenery along the route varies from cooling towers of a defunct nuclear power project to blue herons fishing in the mud flats of Grays Harbor. At the end of the ride is Twin Harbors State Park, located on a thin peninsula between Grays Harbor, Elk Bay Harbor, and the Pacific Ocean (which is sometimes peaceful and sometimes not, but always interesting).

©  Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Hoodsport
Distance: 74.6
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Potlatch State Park to Twin Harbors State Park

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