Mountain bike rentals and tours of the nearby foothills are available from Mike’s Bikes (551 W. Washington St., 360/681-3868, www.mikes-bikes.net, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Sat., closed Sun.). One superb full-day ride near Sequim is up Forest Road 2860, which winds up the side of the Dungeness River Valley (with spectacular views) to a junction with the end of the Lower Dungeness Trail.
The 11-mile single-track descent to Gold Creek is one of the best on the Olympic Peninsula, if not the entire state. Get there by car via Palo Alto Road, which leaves Highway 101 three miles east of Sequim, following signs to Forest Road 28. The lazy can arrange for a lift up the dirt road, but the downhill ride just isn’t quite as satisfying that way.
© Ericka Chickowski from Moon Washington, 8th edition