Two Wheels and a World of Wonder: A Cyclist’s Guide to the Olympic Peninsula

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What are the Best Bike Trails at Olympic National Park?

The Olympic Peninsula is a tapestry woven with threads of emerald forest, sapphire lakes, and rugged coastline. But for cyclists, this beautiful region transforms into a two-wheeled paradise. Whether you’re a seasoned road warrior or a casual cruiser, the diverse landscapes offer an unforgettable cycling experience. And it couldn’t be easier with the ability to have rental bicycles delivered right to your door at Domaine Madeleine.

The Crown Jewel: Olympic Discovery Trail

With easy access just 5 minutes bike ride away from Domaine Madeleine Boutique Hotel, the crown jewel of Olympic Peninsula cycling is undoubtedly the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT). This scenic 130-mile route, still under development but largely rideable, winds from the charming Victorian town of Port Townsend to the dramatic cliffs of La Push. The ODT offers a choose-your-own-adventure experience. Cruise along paved sections through pastoral farmlands, quaint towns, and historic sites. Or, for a more adventurous spirit, tackle the off-road Olympic Adventure Route, a 25-mile mountain bike and equestrian paradise that parallels the ODT between the Elwha River and Lake Crescent.

Beyond the ODT: Exploring Hidden Gems

While the ODT is a must-do, the Olympic Peninsula offers a plethora of cycling opportunities beyond the main trail.

  • Lake Crescent: Experience serenity on the Spruce Railroad Trail, a 4-mile paved path that follows the shoreline of this glacial lake. Keep your eyes peeled for bald eagles soaring overhead.
  • Sequim: Trade in towering evergreens for fragrant lavender fields. Sequim, known as the “Lavender Capital of North America,” boasts scenic backroads ideal for leisurely rides amidst a sea of purple blooms (typically blooming from late June to mid-July).
  • Olympic National Park: While some areas within the park are restricted to bicycles, explore the fringes. The Lake Quinault Loop, a 30-mile road route, circumnavigates the lake and delves into the rainforest, offering glimpses of waterfalls and wildlife.

Planning Your Pedal-Powered Journey

The beauty of cycling the Olympic Peninsula lies in its flexibility. Choose from self-contained day trips or multi-day adventures. Numerous bike-friendly accommodations like Domaine Madeleine and outfitters like Ben’s Bikes in Sequim cater to cyclists, offering rentals, repairs, and guided tours.

Seasons to Savor:

Spring (April-May) and fall (September-October) offer pleasant temperatures and moderate crowds. Summer boasts long days and vibrant scenery, but be prepared for potential rain showers. Winter brings a different kind of magic – snow-capped peaks and fewer crowds, but some roads may be closed–although the Olympic Discovery Trail is open all year.


  • Be prepared for variable weather conditions. Pack layers and rain gear.
  • Research road closures and trail conditions before you go.
  • Respect the environment and leave no trace.

With its breathtaking scenery, diverse terrain, and welcoming communities, the Olympic Peninsula beckons cyclists of all stripes. So, grab your helmet, hop on your bike, and prepare to be pedaling through paradise.


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