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. As you turn west onto the trail, look up to your right where a pair eagles are often seen surveying their territory from the top of the tallest tree.
One of the most beautiful sections of this part of the trail is the historic trestle bridge at Railroad Bridge Park, crossing the Dungeness River - one of the major rivers of the Olympic Mountain range - in its raging descent from the Olympic Mountains to the Strain of Strait of Juan de Fuca. The Bridget is one of the few remaining wood truss railroad bridges, built from impressively large timbers. Many stop at one of the viewing areas on both sides of the bridge for a picture. The extended 750’ steel railroad trestle replaced its wooden predecessor after irreparable damage from a February 2015 rain storm.
This scenic area known as Railroad Bridge Park is also popular for bird watching, highlighted in The Audubon Center (on the right, just before the bridge) which has an outstanding display of local wildlife; well worth visiting. There are short river trails in the park, as well as restrooms, drinking 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.