Unfortunately, severe rainfall caused road damage in the northern section of the Olympics, in the areas of the end of Route C and the majority of Route D. The workaround, for now, is to NOT turn north off of highway 101 as you near Lake Crescent, as Route C indicates. Instead, continue past Lake Crescent on highway 101 and continue on the highway all the way to Forks, where you will rejoin the last part of Route D where it rejoins highway 101 right before entering Forks.
The funding for the repairs caused by this extreme weather event have already been procured, and the Forest Service plans to have the affected roads back open later this summer.
Great news once again for this year! There are no new washouts or road closures since last year. And for customers who purchased the 2020 edition last year or early this year (or even the 2019 or 2018 Edition), the routes have remained the same and you'll be able to use it without any issues for another year. Users of editions 2017 and older should upgrade to enjoy a hassle-free trip that includes new Points of Interest, a couple of new Side Routes to interesting places, and an updated list of camp sites, including several great new locations to set up for the night.
So let's get on with the special notes and last-minute updates to the Olympic Mountains Loop GPS Tour!
A rider notified us of a newly closed portion of road. It's not clear from the info why it was closed and if it is temporary or permanent, but it's an easy workaround. Take note of what Edition (year) your tour was published and choose the workaround below:
For users of the 2021 or 2018 Editions of the tour, when you get to waypoint RE21TL do NOT turn left. Instead, just continue straight along the mainline road and you will rejoin the route in four miles at waypoint RE23KL, at which point you will continue straight on past (don't turn here either) to the next waypoint and you're all good again.
For users of the 2019 or 2020 Editions of the tour, when you get to waypoint RE20TL do NOT turn left. Instead, just continue straight along the mainline road and you will rejoin the route in four miles at waypoint RE22KL, at which point you will continue straight on past (don't turn here either) to the next waypoint and you're all good again.
All waypoints in our tour have names with only 6 characters, so if you notice the aforementioned problem, there are two reasons this may have happened to you. The first possibility is that you did not delete all of the waypoints from a previous version of this tour (or our Baja GPS tour) that you had on your GPS. You cannot have two GripTwister GPS tours loaded onto a GPS at the same time. In fact, it's best to backup your GPS and then delete all of your waypoints before loading the tour. Then you can add back your essential waypoints like HOME and such if you still have room.
The second reason that can cause this to happen, is that you have waypoints from a previous version of this tour (or our Baja GPS tour) in your "Library" within BaseCamp. It's necessary to make sure that if you have other GripTwister GPS waypoints in any folder within the "My Collection" folder of the "Library" in BaseCamp, that you first delete those before importing or opening the GPX files from the CD into BaseCamp. If this is what happened, you will need to delete ALL the GripTwister waypoints from "My Library", including (and especially) the "Unlisted Data" folder near the bottom of "My Libray", and delete all the waypoints off of your GPS again and start clean. The proper method to delete the old files from BaseCamp is to right click on the "List" item in the "Library" that contains the other GripTwister GPS tour, and select "Remove and Delete Unique Content". Once that is done, you can import/open the GPX file for the tour in BaseCamp and download it to your GPS.
The reason is that the default setting for some GPS receivers and/or software is
to not have individual tracks automatically "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 Garmin
Montana (and may be the same or similar on your model):
Select "Track Manager" from the menu screen.
Scroll down to the track that you would like to be displayed and select it.
Press "Show On Map". If "Hide on Map" is displayed, it is already set to show, so do nothing more.
Press the back button (curved line with arrow).
Repeat for the other tracks
It seems that the Forest Service has decided to close the river ford found at the end of Route G to vehicular traffic for the time being. This has made the approach a little steeper and the crossing a little rougher, due to the lack of four wheeled traffic wearing it in any longer, but it's still quite doable on a bike. You will need to look downstream a little ways from where the road meets the river for the best spot to ford now. Recent rain can make it more difficult at certain times, and on the big bikes it's not easy to do at any time. 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 here on the river's edge where you'll be crossing, so be considerate and check it out on foot first and let them know of your desired intentions before riding through their camp.
Note that the section of road leading to this ford is slated to be decommissioned soon. If that happens this year, I will update this page and everyone will need to take the Water Xing Bypass after that.
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.
When you arrive at the closed gate, turn around and activate Route H and
continue on. That's it! Now enjoy the tour any time of year,
weather conditions permitting.