There are lots of interesting day rides originating from The Gather campground.
Many of the attendees are 'locals', and would likely be happy to tell you about,
or lead you on, some interesting rides.
Hurricane Ridge, Sol Duc hot springs, Hoh Rainforest, Lake Crescent,
and highways 112 & 113 are all right at hand for the day riders.
A ferry ride to the gorgeous city of Victoria, BC would be a fun excursion,
provided you have your passport.
Among the 'local ride' cogniscenti I would count:
Ed Hackett (who lives nearby)
Counselor Steve Gross (who formerly lived nearby)
Derek Hamlet (for Canadian rides)
JC & Robynn
(and many others, just ask around)
Counselor Steve suggests:
Other day trips from PA:
- Paradise Beach Road - Coming west over the Hood Canal Bridge, take the
1st right and come up along the canal that way instead of HWY 101 or HWY 19.
- Swansonville Road. If you do #1, then this road takes you west to HWY
19. Ups and downs, nice curves.
- Egg and I Road. Yes, named after the book. Runs east-west across the
Beaver Valley, connecting Hwy 19, Center Road, and West Valley Road.
- Eaglemount Road and Old Eaglemount Road. East-west between Center Road
and HWY 20.
- West Valley Hwy to Old Anderson Lake Road to Anderson Lake Road.
- Dabob Loop. Coming west across the Hood Canal Bridge, take a left at S.
Point Road, Right on Thorndyke, Right on Coyle, right on Dabob Post Office
Road, back up to Center Rd. Alternative is to turn left from Dabob Post
Office onto Dabob. That takes you to Center Road, from which you can go
left to Quilcene or right back to the N. Peninsula.
- West -- 101 to 112 to Neah Bay.
The map says the Ozette Lake road is a thing, but I've not been on it so
don't know conditions.
- Southwest -- 101 to Forks, etc.
Note: 113 connects 101 to 112 and is fun.
Hoh Rain Forest and Hot Springs is out there, as well as Hurricane Ridge.
- Southeast -- 101 as far south as you want to go. Not very exciting in many
parts, but pretty. And, there's the Halfway House for pie, and Hama Hama
Seafood for oysters and beer.
- There may be good forest service roads around, but I don't know nothing
about that - maybe ADVRider?
- If you're coming from points south-southeast, I recommend dumping off I-5
as soon as possible and picking a route up the Olympic Peninsula. It takes
longer, but it's much prettier and I've never been stuck in traffic on 101.
(either the west side or the east side).