Highway 112 - Neah Bay


Many corners have elevation changesTwisting and turning along the Pacific in the general direction of Neah Bay, highway 112 is a must ride for anyone on two wheels. From fast sweepers to sharp up and downhill corners, there's something for everyone here.

For most, the ride will begin with a ferry ride from either Seattle or Edmonds. A perfect time to grab some breakfast and plan route for the day before hitting the highway to Port Angeles. After arriving in Kingston it's a little over sixty miles to Port Angeles where highway 112 (and the fun) begins. Before you leave Port Angeles be sure to fill up, it may be your last chance to grab premium.

Twenty miles of open straights and fast sweepers await you as you head out of Port Angeles, but go easy as you approach Joyce, local law enforcement is often waiting (especially on weekends.) Moving past Joyce the road winds up the hill before twisting back towards the coast as you ride through the first hairpins of the day. From here the road begins to alternate between hairpins, sweepers and straights begging for throttle.

Closer to Neah Bay, running of the road will put you in the ocean. Thirteen miles after Joyce the straights are gone replaced by ten more miles of some of the nicest stretch of twisties in the state. Smooth pavement, well-marked corners, switchbacks and chicanes. This section will keep you on your toes with blind corners; the more familiar you are with the road, the more fun you will have here.

A few gentle corners and a couple more straightaways bring you into Clallum Bay and Seiku, the last towns before Neah Bay. Passing through Seiku leaves you with only 13 miles to Neah Bay but they are fantastic! Sharp elevation changes and even sharper switchbacks are non-stop as you come to the end. The road drops away precariously into the ocean on most of the corners with little run off. Look through the corners!

Excellent set of twisties The last few miles of the road are a bit bumpy as you transition from highway 112 to tribal-owned roads. A few last sweepers and you arrive in Makah Nation as Neah Bay opens up before you. Take it easy through the town, law enforcement isn't often around but they don't appreciate speeders.

Neah Bay is the perfect place to stop for lunch. Seafood is the obvious choice whichever restaurant you stop at as it is consistantly fresh and tasty. You may want to remember to bring cash also, only one restaurant in town takes plastic.

Most corners come in sets of 2 or 3. Highway 112 is twisty and smooth... and begs you to push your limits but this highway demands caution. The first danger is wildlife, elk roam the peninsula and often cross the road, particularly on weekdays when there is less traffic to scare them away. The elk in the photos on the left took us by suprise as we came around a corner. Another danger on 112 is logging trucks. Logging is big business on the peninsula and the tight corners force the trucks to take the corners wide. When riding this road it's a good idea to start the corner wide and avoid hitting the apex of the corner until you can see through it.

Elk can often be seen off the road... and sometimes on it. Another thing to look out for is law enforcement. Washington State Patrol is on 112 frequently and most are just concerned with keeping the road safe but speed traps are often present, especially by local police in the small towns you pass through. But the biggest danger is the road itself. In dozens of corners here, running wide means running off the road into the ocean. Take it easy and don't ride over your head. The road itself is mostly in great shape but the remoteness of this road means debris is often in the corners.

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