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US Hwy 101 - Hood Canal to the North Shore + ADD NEW ROUTE


30   in Washington Washington65 Miles

By Animal
on October 1, 2006

3.5out of 5

8 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start your route in the town of Shelton, WA and simply head north on Hwy 101 all the way up to Discovery Bay, WA.

After you complete the route described above, you still have some nice options if you want to continue. Hwy 101 continues around the Olympic Peninsula in a loop, and if you've never done it, it is also a must do ride, but you'd want a couple of days for that one. Hwy 101 intersects with Hwy 20 at Discovery Bay and if you were to take Hwy 20, you would end up in Port Townsend. If you have a shopping Jones, this is the place to cure it. You can either enjoy the Canal from the opposite direction on the way home, or pop across the Hood Canal bridge to Hwy 3 and take a ferry home or get off the peninsula over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which is Hwy 16

Scenery

In a state where water, mountains & trees always add a little flavor, this route combines all 3 to make a spectacular day trip. I've ridden a lot and on a sunny day, you can not beat this ride anywhere. Gorgeous!

Road Quality

There is very little straight road on this stretch of 101. You are following the shore of the Hood Canal, water is in sight almost constantly, and this makes for a really twisty ride. There are hills to contend with in spots, tourist attractions that will slow you down, as well as RV's in the summer, and the occasional deer or coon, so be heads up. The road is very well maintained and potholes are virtually nonexistent.

Roadside Amenities

Along the route you have several small towns where there are many eating choices. Seafood is abundant, as you might imagine. If you're an ice cream lover, don't miss the little store at Lilliwaup. There are many state campgrounds, as well as a few private ones. The biker watering hole is the Geoduck Tavern at Dosewalips. There are some spots to shop in Hoodsport, and a few Native American shops along the route, but if shopping is your thrill, I'd suggest a different route. There is a small casino just east of Hoodsport.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather . - Washington State Parks - Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By billiebob
on May 21, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2009

Motorcycle Make Yamaha V Star 950

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Yes this ride is beautiful a d twisty but biker beware, there are turnoffs that cross the road at some hill crests. We lost 3 bikers last month on this road. Be careful and you will enjoy it.

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By GJRonK
on September 14, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type

Even with the traffic, slow speeds, and often lack of places to stop along the way to look at the scenery, this is still a beautiful route. Often you are traveling as if in a tunnel as you can't see to the sides for the vegetation. It always seems so cool along this section of 101.

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By jt_moeller
on April 13, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make GSX-R 600

Motorcycle Type Sport

Good scenic views, a bit of traffic. There's a short spell of good curves, but it's a long commute to get there. Definitely a great road for cruisers, but not a whole lot of excitement.

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By Guest
on April 5, 2012 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

2.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport

This route is a bit of a disappointment. The scenery is nice but other routes have better scenery. The curves are nothing to write home about and traffic could be annoying.

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By Guest
on September 4, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Kawasaki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Agree with above statements... Great road in the summer time, however there is lots of traffic and at times can be found stuck behind a dozen cars or more. Heavily patrolled during the summer months, especially around the town of Hoodsport, WA. More of a cruiser bike type road rather than a sports bike setting. Either way, enjoyable ride.

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By Guest
on July 4, 2009 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a great ride. I live on the Kitsap Peninsula and it does not matter which riding group you ride with, you will end up on this route. It is pleasing with gentle to hairpin curves, but don't be expecting much in the speed area, RV's use the route also. You will have excellent views of the Hood Canal with the presence of bald eagles. A positive must do ride.

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By Guest
on June 17, 2008 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I agree, this is a wonderful ride, as long as it's not raining. The only real issue is that during the summer there is lots of traffic. Due to this reason, it's not the best for a sportbike, but great for a cruiser.

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By Guest
on January 11, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

This is a nice ride. I made the ride in mid-November. There was not a lot of traffic to contend with then. If you live in the Tacoma area it is a fun ride to go up Hwy 3 to the hood canal bridge and just make a good loop down to Olympia and back to Tacoma. I recommend this ride to anyone who wants to take a 5 to 6 hour trip.

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