Gold Creek, Washington - Washington Mountain Biking
This weeks picture comes from the Dungeness River Valley on the northeast side of Washington state's Olympic Peninsula. Gold Creek Loop is one of the state's best loops, as well as one of the most physically demanding. This ride climbs 3,000 feet on well maintained scenic forest roads to the trailhead. During your decent, the trail will command your full attention as it cuts a narrow path between old growth trees that hang on the steep fern and moss covered hillside. Be prepared for a series of steep trail climbs and decents before you're through with this one.
To get to this ride, head towards Sequim (from the southeast) on Hwy 101 and turn left onto Louella Road. This is an easy road to miss. If you pass the Sequim Bay State Park, then you have gone about .1 mile too far. Once on Louella Road, continue for about 1 mile and then turn left onto Palo Alto Road at a "T" intersection. In about 6 miles the pavement will end and you will soon reach a fork. Go left onto road #2950 and continue for about 3 miles until you reach the Gold Creek trailhead. The trailhead is about .1 mile before you cross the Dungeness River Bridge. For more information, check out the MBR Gold Creek ride profile.