Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

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Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby jauntygreengiant » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:13 am

I was inspired by meetup invite earlier this week to do a overnighter on the Olympic. Weather permitting this will involve pitching a tent at the Hoh Campground. Why, might you ask? Well, I haven't yet been there, and wanted to trot a few miles up the trail, and the campground itself is pretty far from US-101.

I am still putting together the route, but it mostly involves heading south to Shelton and then taking a mixture of backroads to US-101, bypassing Hoqiam, then heading northward and stopping for lunch somewhere.

Time: TBD
Cost: er, $12 for the campsite (though I think we can pitch a couple tents per site) and $5 to enter the National Park, and something for lunch/dinner.
Dates: Saturday (9/14) and Sunday (9/15)
Road Types: Mostly paved, some streches of gravel (I know of one, uncertain on the others).

Anyone is welcome to join! (my wife would appreciate at least one rider ;))

For more information about the Hoh Rainforest, check out out this link.
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby robd0gg » Mon Sep 09, 2013 7:58 pm

There's a great dirt route that you can take from near Shelton, all the hwy 101.. all dirt and it includes lots of amazing scenery, a waterfall or two, a couple of lakes And a high steel bridge crossing the river 300 feet below etc.. It's my favorite road on the peninsula.. I have GPS track logs of lots of roads over there if your interested.. Or we can get together and sit down and look over some maps if you would like..
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby jauntygreengiant » Tue Sep 10, 2013 6:55 am

I don't have a GPS but would like to look at the roads. I won't be doing all dirt/gravel, but some. I have been curious what Forest Road 22 going east from Wynochee is like.
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby robd0gg » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:04 am

That's one of the roads.. 22 and 23 will get you all the way to hwy 101 North of Shelton.. But I don't recommend riding unknown back roads without a good set of maps, GPS and a compass and knowledge on how to use them. The forests here are a spider web of roads, most of which dead end. The National Geographic maps are ok for backcountry travel.. Green Trails Topo maps even better

Anyway. Have a great trip
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby jauntygreengiant » Wed Sep 11, 2013 10:24 am

I do have my phone, and fairly decent with maps, but might pick up something if I intend to do 23. So many roads in that neck of the woods. I have taken paved/and dirt roads from Shelton to FS22/Wynochee, and then taken that north to the dam, likely do the same and just follow 22 over to 101.

This is looking like it might be a solo ride. :|
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby robd0gg » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:24 pm

well, be safe.. also might want to invest in a Spot device.. it will give peace of mind to your wife when your off exploring.. I know my wife breathes easier when I can send her an OK message from pretty much any where on the planet.
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby udoggie » Wed Sep 11, 2013 4:42 pm

+1 on the spot! It's definitely worth it to me, especially since I do a lot of solo riding.

Here's a sample map (that people that you allow can see in realtime)

The green flags were when I had it send a message to my wife. (#24 to say wish you were here!, and #37 to let her know I was on the way home.)

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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby jauntygreengiant » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:27 pm

That's on a shopping list, among many other things :( . I am leaning more and more to just a day outing. Rain is in the forecast, which probably wouldn't stop me, but it is a single night and I don't want to show up dripping to the Pub to watch the Hawks game.
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby Sparkey » Fri Sep 13, 2013 2:44 pm

I guess Iphones have some sort of tracking device. My wife can get on the computer and see where I'm at. Came in handy on a recent trip out of state.
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Re: Weekend Overnighter in the Hoh

Postby udoggie » Fri Sep 13, 2013 9:55 pm

Sparkey wrote:I guess Iphones have some sort of tracking device. My wife can get on the computer and see where I'm at. Came in handy on a recent trip out of state.


Sparkey, that only works if you have cell coverage. I ride quite a bit in areas with no coverage.

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