Port Angeles to Fairholm Campground

Port Angeles, Washington

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The Coho ferry from Victoria takes 90 minutes to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and dock in Port Angeles, the starting point of the Washington State portion of the Peninsula Route. During the summer months, the first ferry arrives midmorning, so this day’s ride is intentionally short. In good weather, adventure-minded riders may prefer to linger in Port Angeles and spend the afternoon riding to Hurricane Ridge, one of the state’s scenic highlights. The ridge is part of Olympic National Park (a designated World Heritage Site) and the only place a cyclist may sample the alpine aspect of this diverse area. The ride up Hurricane Ridge is long and difficult. Only strong cyclists will find pleasure in theclimb, which gains 5,300 feet in just 18 miles; however, everyone who reaches the top will enjoy the view and the screaming descent. If the ride is more than you wish to tackle, consider an alternate, shorter, and easier side trip to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The Elwha River Valley, located 9.8 miles west of Port Angeles, offers a second opportunity to leave the main route and explore more of the national park. This lowland valley has campgrounds, numerous trails (including one to Hurricane Ridge), a large lake, and, if you go far enough, a hot springs.
Bicycling the Pacific Coast

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Bicycling the Pacific Coast

by Vicky Spring & Tom Kirkendall (The Mountaineers Books)

The Coho ferry from Victoria takes 90 minutes to cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca and dock in Port Angeles, the starting point of the Washington State portion of the Peninsula Route. During the summer months, the first ferry arrives midmorning, so this day’s ride is intentionally short. In good weather, adventure-minded riders may prefer to linger in Port Angeles and spend the afternoon riding to Hurricane Ridge, one of the state’s scenic highlights.

The ridge is part of Olympic National Park (a designated World Heritage Site) and the only place a cyclist may sample the alpine aspect of this diverse area. The ride up Hurricane Ridge is long and difficult. Only strong cyclists will find pleasure in theclimb, which gains 5,300 feet in just 18 miles; however, everyone who reaches the top will enjoy the view and the screaming descent. If the ride is more than you wish to tackle, consider an alternate, shorter, and easier side trip to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center. The Elwha River Valley, located 9.8 miles west of Port Angeles, offers a second opportunity to leave the main route and explore more of the national park. This lowland valley has campgrounds, numerous trails (including one to Hurricane Ridge), a large lake, and, if you go far enough, a hot springs.

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

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Port Angeles
Distance: 28.8
Trail Type: Shuttle
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Driving Directions: Directions to Port Angeles to Fairholm Campground

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