Culvert Replacement on Route E.
I've was informed by a rider on August 26th that a culvert being replaced between RE08 and RE09 caused the need to turn around and backtrack quite a few miles. Until I find out the completion dates and more info, be prepared to possibly need to turn back in this area.
Route G River Ford
It seems that the Forest Service has decided to shut down the river ford
found at the end of Route G to vehicular traffic. This has made the
approach a little steeper, due to the lack of four wheeled traffic wearing it
in, but it's still perfectly doable on a bike. Look downstream a tiny ways
for a nice, easy spot to ford now. If it looks like too much
for you or you don't wish to risk getting your feet (or worse) wet, just take
the bypass, which you'll find in your tour package. There are often people
camped on both sides of the river where you'll be crossing, so be considerate
and check it out on foot first before driving through their camp.
Route W, Reincarnated!
Well, unfortunately it finally happened. In August of 2010, the Forest
Service permanently decommissioned the road that Route W ran along (found in
2010 and earlier editions of the tour). A sad day for sure. But since the
2011 Edition I've added what I believe to be the perfect
replacement for riders who wish for a more difficult and challenging section of
road like what Route W once offered. The new section, now dubbed Route W
also, leads to some
extremely scenic and remote areas and has some absolutely spectacular
views. Get some of it before the road decommissioning crews have at it.
Not really suitable for the biggest dual sport bikes, novices or the faint of
The full Olympic Loop GPS Tour can be enjoyed from May 1st to September 30th, weather and snowpack allowing. However, with just one small detour that is already included in the package, you can remove the date restrictions and enjoy all but 5 miles of the entire 550 mile route and the ability to enjoy 2 of the
"side routes". This will be especially useful in the fall, while there is still no snow in the hills, the maples and alders are turning spectacular colors, and summer vacationers have returned home, leaving the forest quiet and the roads wide open.
Here's what to do to enjoy the trip in the off-season:
Follow the instructions in the tour booklet for avoiding the water crossing on Route G, which you will find on the "Route G--Quinault to Wynoochee" page. That's it! Now enjoy the tour any time of year,
weather conditions permitting.
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