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Sol Grinder

July 16, 2021 – Sol Duc Area, WA

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Title Sponsors

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About Sol Grinder

This race will take you down through long cathedral-like corridors of Sitka Spruce, Douglas Fir and Cedars. You will have the sound of water as you cross the sparkling Sol Duc River or one of its many tributaries. Little creeks are constantly gurgling and splashing by you as you grind your way to the pinnacle of this course, opening up to views into the interior of Olympic National Park and Forest. Wildflowers line the high stretches of roads. The short and long courses go through the “Keyhole”, a passageway blasted through the spine of the dividing ridge. 

Sol Duc Road

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 – 35 miles (Start Time 9:00 a.m.)

This course has approximately 4,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 70% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34527078

Medium course – 55 miles (Start Time 8:30 a.m.)

This course has approximately 6,000 feet cumulative elevation gain and is 70% gravel, with the rest pave or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34527093

Long course – 77 miles (Start Time 8:00 a.m.)

This course is approximately 9,000 feet cumulative elevation gain is 65% gravel, with the rest paved or “rustic” paved.

Course map, elevation profile, description, GPS download:

https://ridewithgps.com/routes/34527103

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, July 15 starting at 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday morning, July 16, starting at 6:00 a.m. 

Parking:

Race Central: https://goo.gl/maps/jaR322rhk2rUhJBaA

Main Parking: https://goo.gl/maps/4qhgy7gJmJxNoxHS6

NOTE: The entries to both of these places are directly across from each other on Forest Service 29 Road. You should see us when you get there.

 

Sol Duc Road
Sol Duc Road

Results

2021

Photos 

2021

Where to Stay:

Dispersed camping is free on National Forest Land. If you would like to camp with us at the parking area (van / truck camping) or at Race Central (set up a tent) on Friday or Saturday night (or both), and share our portable toilets, water, and bonfire(s), we will be asking for a $10 per person contribution as part of registration.

If you want to stay in a public campground, the nearest choices are:

WA DNR:

  • Bear Creek Campground (info here)

Olympic National Forest:

Olympic National Park (info here)

  • ONP Sol Duc Campground
  • Information on concession-operated Sol Duc Campground and withwater and electric hookups can be found here.

If you don’t want to camp, Olympic National Park has concession-operated lodging at Lake Crescent Lodge and Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort (info here)

You can also look into lodging choices in Port Angeles and Forks:

Olympic Peninsula Visitor Bureau

Visit Port Angeles

Forks Chamber of Commerce