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Olympics Loop GPS Tour
Latest Info and Updates


Important 2024 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 (2024) of the tour, except where noted otherwise.



June 11th, 2024: Note for Users of All Editions

The 2024 Edition is now shipping. Thankfully, there's not much to mention in terms of road closures and washouts. Last winter was good to us, and didn't cause any new closures. There were some changes to this year's route, but owners of the 2023 edition can still use it this year without modification.

Let's get on with the special notes and last-minute updates to the Olympic Mountains Loop GPS Tour!

Route C Wash Out

Route C still has a partial washout on it where it climbs up the north side of the mountain toward the Kloshe Nanitch ridgeline. While it is blocked to keep vehicles from passing, there's plenty of road left for a motorcycle to get by easily. However,they've placed assorted woody debris a few hundred feet back from the washout on both sides, and an additional line of rocks on the uphill end. also worth mentioning is that the road beyond the washout is quickly becoming partially overgrown with saplings on the sides that sprout branches that you will have to dodge of a couple of miles. None of it should be insurmountable by a decent rider, though novice riders and/or those on really big bikes may find it daunting. It's not a long way to backtrack down to FS road 30 on the valley floor to take the bypass mentioned below, if you want to have a look at it yourself and see what you think.

But if you would rather not bother, the bypass is pretty simple. When you arrive at waypoint RC28TL, do not turn left , but instead continue straight (unless you are coming back down from checking it out, in which case you'll turn left) on FS RD 30 until you reach its end at highway 101. From here, you should load and activate Route D (or Route Z, optionally) before turning left onto the highway. You'll join Route D (or Route Z) in approximately 3 miles, then just follow prompts to the next turn.

Route E Active Logging Operations

There is active logging going on in several locations of Route E beginning just past the Upper Clearwater CG and beyond. If you are not permitted to pass, you should backtrack to the campground and continue on that road (Bull Creek) until you reach the Hoh Mainline road, where you'll go left and continue until you rejoin Route E just a few miles before Highway 101.

However, it has been my experience that signs marked "Road Closed" may still be passable either because there's no work going on that day, or if you come upon workers and ask, they will ok you to pass. In fact, I have passed many an operation where there was no sign the direction I had come from, but I passed one on the other side, without incident or issue. The thinking, I guess, is that no one would likely be coming from that directions anyway? I think sometimes they toss a sign out just for good measure. If it's obvious why it's closed, such as cables across the road and machinery actively working, then turn back. Otherwise, I often pass through unnoticed and frequently when there is no actual work going on anyway.

For Users of the 2023 Edition

A couple of new roads have been cut in on the west side of the mountains on state land, making it difficult to discern which way to go because your version won't have a waypoint there. You'll have to use the track and intuition to figure it out. The tracklog of your route is your friend, but even without it I'm sure it will become obvious when you keep getting farther from the next waypoint.

There were a couple of misplaced waypoints, none of which should pose an issue because there was no road to turn onto.

Do some of the waypoint names have 7 characters and end with the number "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 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.

 

Are some of the tracks not displaying 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 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 


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, you can enjoy all but 25 miles of the entire route.  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:

When you arrive at the closed gate on Route G, turn around and activate Route H and continue on.  That's it! Now enjoy the tour any time of year, weather conditions permitting.