Gravel Unravel

Hoh-ly Roller

May 14, 2022 – Hoh River, WA

Photo: Maggie Boyd

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About The Hoh-ly Roller

Base camp for this event is at the world famous Hoh River, and there is also a private campground at this location.We hope you like the color green because you are going to be seeing a lot of it. Green trees, green moss, green hills. This is the heart of one of the largest temperate rainforests in the world and you are going to love rolling through it. The Hoh-ly Roller will have long sections of flowy gravel and degraded pavement, combined with some serious hills. 

On the long course there are hills of steepness that force you to stare at your toes for what can seem like endless turns on your cranks, with that dreaded question lurking… “should I walk?” We have been told that the climbs on the long course are “the most challenging climbs of any event in the region—by far.” 

The Hoh Rainforest and wilderness coast of the Olympic Peninsula is such an iconic area to visit (and a really long drive) that we recommend bringing the whole family! Take them deep into the rainforest inside Olympic National Park. Or take a short drive (only 10 minutes) to Ruby Beach and south from there to Kalaloch beaches. This is an incredible area and you will want to schedule in some time for these wild gems.

Hohly Roller Bridge

The Courses

Courses Subject to Change

Tip: each of these routes is no joke, even the short one – there is a lot of climbing involved, folks.

Important: there is very spotty cell coverage on the course – you will want to download the tracks onto your phone ahead of time.

Short course – 27 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.)

This ride climbs 3,600 feet, and is approximately 80% gravel / with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.   There will be a water station at mile 12.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Medium course – 48 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.)

This ride climbs 4,900 feet, and is approximately 75%  gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved. There will be water stations at miles 12, 29, and 39.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Long course – 73 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.)

With almost 9,000 feet of gain and extended up and downhill grades of 20%, this ride is only for the true masochist. This ride is 70% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.  There will be water stations at miles 17, 38, 55, and 65.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Giving Back

A portion of race proceeds will go to Olympic Peninsula Young Life – specifically for sending kids from Forks, WA to summer camp

Check In:

  • You can check in at Race Central (see below for location) on Friday starting at 4pm, and on Saturday morning. 


Main Parking and Race Central:

The DNR requires anyone parking on DNR land (our Parking and Start/Finish) to have a Discovery Pass or a one-day pass. We will not have one-day passes on site, but they can be purchased at nearby Bogachiel State Park before you come up the hill to the race hub.


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Riders can have photos for free if they right click on the photo, then hit “Save image as”



Where to Stay:

Camp With Us at the Race Hub! 

Free camping at the Start/Finish – we will have Sanicans and drinking water

If you don’t want to camp, check out this Lodging Directory from the Forks Chamber of Commerce.

Camp with Maggie & Dan at last year’s race hub. This spot is perfect for large groups!

Olympic National Park (info here)

  • Kalaloch Campground
  • Hoh Campground

Washington DNR (info here):

  • Copperbottom Mine
  • Cottonwood
  • Hoh Oxbow
  • South Fork Hoh
  • Upper Clearwater


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