ODT 6 - Sequim City and the Dungeness River
This 5.9-mile segment of ODT is an entirely separated, paved trail with the exception of the first mile, temporarily on city streets. From Carrie Blake Park the trail route is on-street for about 1 mile as the trail passes through residential areas. Follow Fir St for 0.7 miles to N. Sequim Ave (4 blocks north of the Sequim city center). At N. Sequim Ave turn right (north) for 2 blocks to W. Hendrickson Rd.
A left turn on Hendrickson Rd reveals a separated, paved trail going west along the north side of the street. Continue on this trail west, past the Sequim city limits at Kendall Rd, to Priest Rd where the trail jogs south a block, then continues west on the old railroad grade into Railroad Bridge Park.
At Railroad Bridge Park, the Dungeness River, one of the major rivers of the Olympic Mountain range, passes in its raging descent from mountain to sea. The Audubon Center (on the right, before the bridge) has an outstanding display of local wildlife and is well worth visiting. The railroad trestle has been restored by volunteers for trail use. It is one of the few remaining wood truss railroad bridges, built entirely from timbers except for the steel tension bars.
The bridge has a 400 ft trestle extension on the west side that crosses the flood plain of the river. There are viewing areas on both sides of the bridge. There are also popular river trails in the park, as well as restrooms, water, picnic areas, and parking.
Going west from the park, the trail is on railroad grade as it passes farmland and the Sequim Valley Airport. There is an equestrian side path starting on the west side of the bridge and continuing west. This segment ends at the Kitchen-Dick Rd crossing, but the trail continues in segment ODT 7.
Kitchen-Dick Rd is also the starting point for a 3 mile side trip north to the Dungeness National Wildlife Refuge, a 5.5 mile sand spit extending into the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and to the Dungeness Recreation Area with camping facilities. See the Attractions and Side Trips section of this website for more information.