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 if necessary and take with you on your tour.  Waypoint names are from the most current edition of the tour.


2016 Notes

While it was a fairly mild winter, the Olympics did receive a pretty good snowpack this year, and apparently the melt-off in combination with some heavy spring rains was more than some of the culverts could take.  There are 3 new washouts that occurred on the tour route, and while no automobiles will be getting by them, there is enough room at each for a motorcycle to pass.  However, the trails around them all, which usually put you in the ditch, are pretty wet and boggy as of this writing.  While I have no doubt that usage and dry weather will make getting by them easier as summer progresses, for now it's good to have a riding buddy to help you if necessary.

So let's get on with the updates to the 2015 Olympics Loop GPS Tour!

For those of you who purchased the 2015 Edition of the tour, I'm happy to report that the route is virtually the same this year.  The only thing you'll need to take note of is this:  On Route H at waypoint RH38KS, you will instead need to turn right at what is essentially now a 4 way intersection.  The road is impassable if you continue straight.  Turning right takes you on the newly created bypass road.

That's it!  But read on for tips to get the most out of the tour.

Some of the waypoint names have 7 characters and end with a "1" after the directional cue

All waypoints in our tour have names with only 6 characters, so if you notice the aforementioned problem, there are two reason 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 this could 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 them before importing/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 the "Unlisted Data" folder near the bottom of "My Libray", and delete all the waypoints off of your GPS again to 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.

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 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 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.

Route A-- Impassable Washout

The 2 year old washout on the road over Rocky Brook pass between Brinnon and Quilcene is no longer passable by motorcycles.  To bypass this section, when you come to waypoint RA22TL, do not turn, but instead continue up the highway and rejoin the route at RA32TL, where you will continue north on highway 101 to the end of Route A/beginning of Route B.

Rock Slide on Route D.

On the first part of the route between waypoint 08 and 09 there is frequently a rock slide that covers the road to some extent.  It usually gets bulldozed at some point during the summer, but some years it doesn't.  It wasn't so bad this year that it couldn't be negotiated carefully.  Just be catious here, as the side of the road drops off straight down.  If you don't want to have to worry about whether or not it's too difficult or scary for you to pass personally, consider taking Route Z when you reach the end of Route C instead, which hooks back up with Route D at a point past the rock slide.  You can find out about Route Z on page 16 of the tour book.

Route G River Ford

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, but it's still quite doable on a bike.  You may need to look downstream a little ways from where the road meets the river for the best 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 here and on the other side of the river 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.


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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