Gravel Unravel

Sol Grinder

June 5, 2021 – Sol Duc Area, WA

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COVID-19 Update:

On 10/6/2020, Governor Inslee issued Reopening Requirements for races and rides. The new guidelines include the ability to have races during Phase 2. This means that at this point we are planning for live events for 2021!  See the bottom of this page for the specifics on what is changing with the new guidelines.

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

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:

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:

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:

Giving Back

A portion of proceeds for this race will go to the Peninsula Trails Coalition, for the construction and maintenance of the Olympic Discovery Trail (we will use 6 miles of the trail for this event), and to Colville Trails Mountain Bike Park in Port Angeles.

Check In:

  • You can check in at Race Central (see below for location) on Friday, June 4 starting at 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday morning, June 5, starting at 6:00 a.m. 


Race Central:

Main Parking:

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.

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:


  • 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

Sol Duc Road

Covid-19 Information

Phase 2 Reopening Requirements you should be aware of are:

  • All pre-registration must occur online. No same day in-person registration is allowed.
  • Race packets will be mailed, or picked up at staggered times.
  • Starting waves of 10 participants  or less – one minute or more apart. We will assign wave times to you before race day.
  • No more than 200 total participants starting per hour. 
  • The starting area is limited to no more than 50 participants at any time awaiting their staggered starts, maintaining 6 foot distance between participants.
  • Face coverings required at start and finish lines, but can be removed once on the race course.
  • Try to maintain 6 feet distance while on the race course, with the exception for passing.
  • Spectators are not allowed.
  • No congregation of more than 5 people allowed at hydration and nutrition stations at any one time. Participants must obtain hydration and nutrition supplies and then proceed. 
  • Lines at portable toilets must be managed such that there is at least 6 foot of distance between all participants waiting in lines. The race must provide a hand washing station or hand sanitizer at all restroom stations.
  • Organizers must retain registration data for 30 days after the activity in order to aid possible contact tracing.

  • No congregation allowed at the activity start or finish area. Participants must leave the activity area when finished. No exhibitors, food vendors, beer gardens, awards ceremonies, or after party activities allowed in the activity start or finish area. (NOTE: food and beer are included in your registration fee and will be provided at a location separate from the start and finish area)  


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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