Gravel Unravel

Hoh-ly Roller

May 14, 2021 – Hoh River, WA

Photo: Maggie Boyd

CoursesEvent Info

Title Sponsor

Eleven WInery
Additional Sponsors
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Olympic Peninsula

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 – 26 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.)

This ride climbs 3,400 feet, and is approximately 90% gravel / with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Medium course – 44 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.)

This ride climbs 4,800 feet, and is approximately 80%  gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

Long course – 66 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.)

The miles might seem short for a long course, but the difficulty more than makes up for it. We have been told by test riders that the climbs on the long course are “the most challenging climbs of any event in the region—by far.” 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 80% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

After crossing the Clearwater River and cruising along the Solleks River, things start to get spicy as you head up toward Kloochman Rock. Then just when you think you will get a break for a bit, you pass Yahoo Lake right into a steep technical descent into Stequaleho Creek right before another grueling climb.  Know your limits before you sign up for this one! 

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:

There is no sign at the turn, but it is the next road after G&L Shake Road:


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Camp With Us at the Race Hub

6 Campsites Available
Campsites are $50.00 per night
8 people per site

Dogs MUST be on a leash AT ALL TIMES!!

Guest must take their own trash. LEAVE NO TRACE!!!

Check In is at 2pm – Check Out is at 11am. 

Available camping between May 13st & May 14st only. 

No POWER or WATER is available on site, this is dry camping.

Outhouses and portable toilets are available

Tent Camping is available for a discounted price $35 per night in designated areas only. 


Please make camping arrangements through Maple Creek Outfitter.

Please leave a voice message with Maggie Boyd at: 360-775-8339. In your voice message please refer to Gravel Grinder Campsite, and we will return your call, with info on how to pay for your site, as well as details on the directions or any other questions you may have.

Where to Stay:

Camp With Us at the Race Hub! 

Olympic National Park (info here)

  • Kalaloch Campground
  • Hoh Campground

Washington DNR (info here):

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

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


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Peninsula Adventure Sports could not host these events without the support and partnership of the local business community. Monetary donations as well as in-kind product or service donations serve as the backbone of these races. If you want to find out more about sponsorship, please contact us at