Mighty Mount Olympus

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Oly Loop GPS Tour
Latest Info and Updates

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Important Updates!!

Here's where you'll find any last minute info, addendums to the tour or any temporary or permanent road closures or other events that impact the tour after the current edition's publish date. Please read thoroughly and print out this page and take with you on your tour.  Waypoint names are from the most current edition of the tour.


Some of the tracks may not display on your GPS, even though they were successfully downloaded to your GPS.

The reason is that the default setting for some GPS receivers and/or software is not to have individual tracks "Show on Map".  It is a good idea to check to see if they (the tracks) are all set to "Show on Map" after you download the tour, and to manually change them if necessary. Different models do this differently so check your instructions, but here's how to do it on the 376C (and may be the same or similar on your model):
Press Menu button twice from "Map" screen.
Scroll down to "Track".
Scroll over to "Saved" tab.
Scroll down to select the first track and press "Enter".
Confirm that there is a check mark in the box next to "Show on Map". If not, check it by scrolling down until the box is highlighted and pressing "Enter" button.
Repeat for the other tracks by scrolling to and pressing "Enter" button on the "Next" box and repeating.

Road Washout on Route A.

The road at Fulton Creek on the 2510 road between the Hamma Hamma and Duckabush watersheds is currently impassable and awaiting repair.  For the meantime, you shoulld not turn left off Hamma Hamma Rd (NF 25) at waypoint RA12TL onto dirt, but instead continue straight on the paved road down to highway  101.  At that point you will turn left and continue 4.6 miles to Seamount Drive.  Turn left here and travel approximately 2 miles to and beyond the pavement's end, rejoining Route A at a 4 way intersection at waypoint RA21KS.  Turn right and continue on your journey.

Washout on Route D.

There is still a washout on Route D south of Forks on the north side of the Hoh river.  It is on a section of road built on a very steep slope.  A very large section of the hillside and road has dropped several feet, and at one end of it a large portion of the road slid down the mountain, leaving absolutely no room to get past it on.  To bypass this section, you can do so by continuing straight instead at waypoint RD26TL and continuing down Hwy 101 and rejoining the route farther south at waypoint RD37TL where the north shore of the Hoh river road joins Hwy 101, except you'll just continue straight on down the highway to the final waypoint of Route D at REXOTE.  Here is where you'll turn off the highway and activate Route E before continuing on.

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 heart.


Winter Route!

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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