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Olympic Discovery Trail

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The Olympic Discovery Trail follows an old rail line on the Olympic Peninsula. Bicycle the coastal plain with the snowcapped Olympic Mountain Range to one side and the Straits of Juan de Fuca on the other. Enjoy stellar views from waterfront inns each night. Bike, hike and explore the peninsula from Victorian-style Port Townsend to peaceful Dungeness Bay. Ride the no-cars-allowed side of gorgeous Lake Crescent. Soak in Sol Duc's hot springs - or hike from there to rainforest waterfalls and alpine lakes. Hike and explore the tidepools on the wild, wind-whipped Pacific Coast. Finish with a morning at Hurricane Ridge, overlooking both the Olympic Mountains and the Straits of Juan de Fuca.

Recreational, Road bike
6 days
238 km / 148 mi
$ 2,998.-
  • First-class lodging and dining.
  • All breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners.
  • Top-quality bicycles.
  • Full van support, and Luggage transfer.
  • Regional expertise, outstanding guides.
  • Electric bike rent possible $200 USD for the tour.
  • Deposit for this tour is 25%

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Details

Type
Recreational, Road bike
Duration
6 days
Level
Easy = untrained, normal physical condition
Moderate = regular cyclist, good condition
Challenging = experienced, well trained
Easy
Support
Guided = with cycling guide(s) - support van
Self Guided = individual - directions+maps
Guided
Daily distance
40-60 km / 25-37 mi
Total distance
238 km / 148 mi
Lodging
Deluxe = 4-5 star hotel or excellent B&B
Basic = 1-2 star hotel/motel or B&B
Camping = tent, sports hall or campus
Deluxe, full board
Luggage transport
Daily luggage transfers
Bicycle
Included
Dates
19 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020
23 Aug 2020 - 28 Aug 2020
06 Sep 2020 - 11 Sep 2020
13 Sep 2020 - 18 Sep 2020
Start date Aug. 23 is guaranteed to run
Start
Seattle
Finish
Seattle
Airport at start
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Airport at finish
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Prices

Price per person
The tour price per person
$ 2,998.-
E- Bike
Electric bike: zoom up those hills for $200 USD for the tour.
We request at least 60 days advance notice for one of these below. Please note that e-bikes are not available in all locations.
$ 200.-
Optional
High-end carbon fiber bike
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing.
$ 300.-
Optional
Tandem road bike
Tandem road bike: $500 USD for the tour
$ 500.-
Optional
E-bike High end
Orbea Avant M20D high-end carbon fiber bike with compact Ultegra gearing
We request at least 60 days advance notice for one of these below. Please note that e-bikes are not available in all locations.
$ 300.-
Optional
Single supplement
If you travel alone a single supplement is charged. With some group tours you can avoid a single supplement by sharing a room with another rider.
$ 809.-

Itinerary

Day 1

Seattle - Port Townsend.
Meet in Seattle. Shuttle north to board the 20-minute ferry to Whidbey Island. Stop for a bike fitting at Fort Casey, a turn-of-the-century army base defending Puget Sound. Take a spin around the base. Board a second ferry for the 35-minute cruise to the charming Victorian seaport of Port Townsend, where you'll begin riding the Olympic Discovery Trail. Take your time: today's ride from Port Townsend to Dungeness Bay has plenty of twists and turns.
Meals: L D 33 miles, elevation +1555 ft / - 1438 ft
Lodging: Juan de Fuca Cottages

Day2

Dungeness Bay along the Port Angeles waterfront, then into Olympic National Park.
You're in for a scenic treat today with a few hills tossed in for fun. From Dungeness Bay, pedal through peaceful countryside to the bustling Port Angeles waterfront. Time to ride off into the Olympic Peninsula wilderness with its towering Douglas fir and cedars. A challenging stretch from Joyce to the start of the Spruce Trail segment may tempt you to hop into the van for a boost. Skip this if you like, or bicycle the whole thing. Enjoy a picnic lunch at Lake Crescent, a sapphire-blue alpine gem tucked into the mountains of Olympic National Park. Continue riding the north shore of the lake to Fairholme General Store. Hop into the van for a quick shuttle up the highway to Lake Crescent Lodge, where you'll stay the next two nights.
Meals: B L D 49 miles, elevation +2514 ft / -2082 ft
Lodging: Log Cabin Resort

Day3

Enjoy your first hike in the Olympic National Park then head to Sol Duc for a soak in the Hot Springs.
Choose your own adventure today. Shuttle to the lodge on the south side of the lake for an easy hike through fabulous old-growth forest to 90-foot Marymere Falls. Head to Sol Duc Hot Springs for a soak and/or a hike to Sol Duc Falls. Explore Lake Crescent by kayak, canoe or paddleboard. Or stay put at the resort and explore the historic Spruce Railroad Trail on the north side of the lake. Lunch and dinner are on your own today (options at both the lodge and at the hot springs). Take your time and enjoy!
Meals: B 2 - 6 miles hiking less than 400 ft gain at low elevation
Lodging:Log Cabin Resort

Day 4

Ride the rainforest to Lake Pleasant for lunch, then off to the Quileute Oceanside Resort.
Ride through miles of rainforest this morning from Fairholme to Lake Pleasant. Towering Douglas fir, western red cedar and occasional bright stands of vine maple battle for terrain with sword fern and omnipresent blackberry vines. Lunch on the shores of tiny Lake Crescent, a popular local fishing spot. From here, choose to ride or hop in the van for the transfer out to Lapush and Quileute Oceanside Resort on the wild shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. You'll be here two nights, enjoying phenomenal ocean views from your room.
Meals: B L D 44 miles, elevation +1021 ft / 2133 ft
Lodge: Lapush and Quileute Oceanside Resort.

Day5

Hike to Second Beach or Hole in the Wall. Build a driftwood fort, walk the beach or just enjoy the incredible view from your room.
Another day to explore! Tide permitting, hike from Rialto Beach to Hole in the Wall to explore the secrets of the local tidepools: sea anemone and sea star, tiny fish and hermit crabs all make their home here in ever-changing seaweed-jungle pools. If the tides don't allow for Hole in the Wall, hike through deep old-growth rainforest to Second Beach, one of the most incredibly gorgeous spots on the Olympic Peninsula. Sea stacks - tall rock formations separated from the main landmass - rise like specters from swaths of sandy beach. Bald eagles command the sky; seals and sea otter can occasionally be spotted on the sands. Or just relax and stay put at Quileute Oceanside Resort to watch the wind-tossed surf.
Meals: B L D 4 - 6 miles hiking less than 400 ft gain at sea level
lodging: Quileute Oceanside Resort.

Day 6

Head to Hurricane Ridge. Hike the summit with views of the Olympics and the strait of Juan de Fuca.
Today we celebrate our last day with an ascent to the literal high-point of the tour – Hurricane Ridge. Wind truly shapes this land – gusting to over 70 mph, with snows 30-35 feet deep. We climb up through alpine meadows and tree islands, dodging black-tailed deer, mountain goats and Olympic marmots (an endemic species of giant ground squirrel) until we reach Hurricane Hill. At the summit, we are met by sweeping views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Vancouver Island to the north. Following our trip into the high-country, we conclude the tour with a spectacular ferry ride into downtown Seattle.
Meals: B L 4 mile hike elevation 700 ft gain/loss 5100-5800 ft elev.

* This is a general itinerary. Tour itineraries are subject to change based on the group, available accommodations and other unforeseen circumstances such as the weather, local conditions, government intervention, that may affect the quality of the trip and/or safety of the participants. Please view this itinerary as an outline as to what to expect on this tour.

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