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Leland Flyover

Gravel and single-track in the foothills of the Olympics and on the Miller Peninsula in Clallam County

By the Numbers

Sport
Cycling
Shape
Loop
Profile
Pyramid | Flat
Distance
67 miles
Elevation
5400 feet
Time
5 hours
Nutrition
Limited food & drink options
Logistics
Park at the middle school in Quilcene
External
Strava | Ride with GPS

Unseasonably warm weather encouraged a discovery ride through the Olympic National Forest and through the trails of Miller Peninsula State Park. I had a large gap on my personal heatmap for the Miller Peninsula and sought to fill it with this ride.

The ride started from Quilcene and heads northwest into the foothills of the Olympic Mountains with a quick ride by of Lord’s Lake. The gravel roads leading to Bear Mountain (near the high point of the ride) are in great shape and were easy riding.

Primitive road!
Primitive road!
Big fan of aspens
Big fan of aspens
Long flat gravel sections
Long flat gravel sections

Camera check
Camera check
Sunny skies, warm temps, gravel, and mountain views...
Sunny skies, warm temps, gravel, and mountain views…

Descending out of the woods, you’re dropped onto Palo Alto Road, which no matter how many times I ride it never seems disappoint with its views.

I never tire of Palo Alto Road
I never tire of Palo Alto Road
An old barn with the Olympic Mountains the background
An old barn with the Olympic Mountains the background
A small shelter
A small shelter
Olympic Discovery Trail bridge in Sequim Bay State Park
Olympic Discovery Trail bridge in Sequim Bay State Park
Single-track in Miller Peninsula State Park
Single-track in Miller Peninsula State Park
Mt Baker looming on the distant horizon
Mt Baker looming on the distant horizon

I enjoyed seeing some new roads but this wasn’t my favorite ride. I do not enjoy single-track, particularly dark, narrow, swampy, muddy single-track such as I found in Miller Peninsula. There is no road connecting both sides of the peninsula so riding through the park enabled the traverse, a somewhat compelling venture. All said though, I’d far rather ride the forest service roads and don’t see myself redoing this ride as originally completed.

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