Trail and Local Events

December 29th, 2013

Peninsula Trails Coalition Annual Membership Meeting… Open to the Public!

Come help us celebrate our 25th anniversary! The PTC is holding its annual membership meeting on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim. Refreshments begin at 6:30pm followed by presentations from 7-8:30 about current and future developments on the Olympic Discovery Trail in Clallam and Jefferson Counties. This meeting provides an excellent opportunity to talk to the people responsible for designing and maintaining the trail. For more information contact Jeff Bohman at 457-7536.

Olympic Adventure Trail Run

The 2nd annual OAT Run, on April 26, 2014 to benefit the Peninsula Trails Coalition and Backcountry Horsemen and with all spaces already filled, features the Adventure Route with half-marathon and 12K options. More information can be accessed at:
http://oatrun.org/

North Olympic Discovery Marathon

North Olympic Discovery Marathon on the ODT

North Olympic Discovery Marathon on the ODT

The 12th annual North Olympic Discovery Marathon will be held on the trail on June 1, 2014. This race has been termed the best boutique marathon in North America and draws runners from across the country and beyond.

The Marathon and Half-Marathon are run on a unique point-to-point course that incorporates the Olympic Discovery Trail – with stunning views of the Olympic Mountains and a five mile finishing stretch along the shores of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

See the race website for details and registration.
NODM RACE LINK HERE

Longest Day of Trails Event in Port Townsend

Longest Day of Trails

Longest Day of Trails

The 4th Annual Longest Day of Trails, a fundraiser for trail organizations in Jefferson County, including the Jefferson Trails Coalition which promotes the Olympic Discovery Trail on the Quimper Peninsula, was held on Sunday, June 23, 2013.  The 2014 event will be announced in this space as event time approaches.

More information can be found at The Broken Spoke bicycle shop in Port Townsend: 360-379-1295 or Jeff Selby in Port Hadlock: 360-385-0995.

The Tour de Lavender, a Peddle Power Weekend

The inaugural Tour de Lavender weekend was held on August 3 and 4, 2013. Events included 62 and 47 mile options from Kingston to Sequim, an Experience Lavender (in Sequim) 77 mile ride, a family fun ride (up to 35 miles), and an opportunity to ride up to the top of Hurricane Ridge on the annual Ride the Hurricane. For more information: 360-452-6300, http://tourdelavender.com/ and http://sequimlavenderfarms.org/.

Events at the Audubon Center at Railroad Bridge Park in Sequim

RiverFest on the Dungeness River

RiverFest

The 2013 Dungeness River Festival was held held on Friday and Saturday, September 27 and 28, at Railroad Bridge Park, along the Olympic Discovery Trail, in Sequim. Although admission is free, donations are appreciated to support the Audubon River Center and the Park. Next year’s dates will appear on this page as they are released.

2014 New Year’s Day Discovery Fun Run/Walk

The 2nd Annual New Years Discovery 10K Run/Walk was held at the Discovery Bay Golf Course and included a beautiful 10K course through the fairways connecting to the southern end of the Larry Scott Trail.  The famous and fashionable knit NYD10K running beanie was available to all participants.  Prizes and ribbons were awarded to the top three finishers in each gender/age group, and all celebrated with post-race food and drink.

Thanks to everyone who participated and volunteered to help make this another great event. See you all in 2015! 2014 Top 3 Finishers

Start 2014

Top 3 2014 NYD10K Finishers

Adventure Travel Slide Show Series

Every winter the Peninsula Trails Coalition presents a series of slide shows featuring travel to exotic places, often including adventures in hiking, bicycling, or kayaking. Over the past decade the shows have visited almost every corner of the globe. Presenters are a mix of travel professionals and local folks with the skills and daring to explore the unusual. Currently the PTC offers 4 shows in January in Port Angeles and 8 shows in Feb – March in Sequim. The suggested donation is $5 (kids free) which supports volunteer work on the trail. The slide shows have concluded for the 2014 season.  The 2015 season will be revealed as the list beomes available.

 

Volunteer Opportunities with the PTC

September 4th, 2013

The ODT is an ever-expanding trail with ever-expanding opportunities to help in its development and maintenance.  The Peninsula Trails Coalition welcomes volunteers to fill a variety of positions–from day and long-term project workers to trail section adopters to Board members and everything and anything in between. Contact the folks below to find your niche.

Interested in joining our Board? Contact Jeff Bohman 360-477-8881
Work parties? Chuck Preble 360-683-4549 or Gordon Taylor 360-452-2925
Trail adoption? Carrie Kalina 360-681-0420

New Horse Trail Turn-Around & Parking

June 28th, 2013

Horsemen: Soon you will have another access point to the Larry Scott Trail with a horse trailer turn-around and parking.
Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT) Jeff. Co. Public Works asks that you not use the new parking area yet, as the packed gravel surface has just been laid down and compacted. It will need a couple of weeks or so to consolidate and harden enough to drive trucks and horse trailers on.

M-C Horse Gate
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Results of the Longest Day of Trails 10K Summer Solstice Run

June 26th, 2013
Results of the Longest Day of Trails 10K Summer Solstice Run:
The weather was anything but summer-like, but everyone who participated seemed to have a good time. Actually it was perfect running weather for the 6.2 mile out-and-back course on the Larry Scott Memorial Trail in Port Townsend.
Participants ranged in age from 10 years old to 74. Congratulations to all. All runners received a brightly colored pair of LDoT running socks and a redwood seedling. The first three finishers in each age/gender division received ribbons. A 15 mile bike ride was held in the afternoon as part of the celebration, covering the entire length of the trail finished to date, to the new Milo-Curry Rd. trailhead.

1. Don Young-49 (M) 39:11
2. Aubry Frantz-31 (F) 39:57
3. Michael Casella-Blackburn-55 (M) 40:47
4. Robert Bondurant-40 (M) 41:46
5. Kenneth Ward-25 (M) 43:31
6. Austin Khile-15 (M) 46:32
7. Joel Mackey-16 (M) 46:32
8. Randal Aldern-46 (M) 46:35
9. Todd Stevens-49 (M) 47:30
10. Steve Kellmyer-62 (M) 47:59
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PTC Newsletter, Winter 2012 Issue

December 31st, 2012

A Note From the Presidents:
- Chris Gutmacher and Andy Stevenson

We need your help!

We need your help!

The Peninsula Trails Coalition has had an eventful year. Below is a summary of what has been accomplished. Details for many of these milestones can be found in the “What’s Happening on the ODT” column…
• We established and nurtured excellent working relationships with numerous government jurisdictions and agencies that have a stake in the ODT at Discovery Bay. We are awaiting final results of the grant applications done by Jefferson Co and WA Dept Fish and Wildlife. Despite the quality of the applications, there are many other worthy projects ranked higher than ours, so we are beginning the search for private grants, just in case we need them.

We need your help!

The ODT’s expansion–while glorious, note-worthy and exciting–greatly increases the demand on our volunteer
workforce. We are about half way to the 126-mile ODT vision. Sadly, as trail duties expand, the county and city
maintenance coffers have shrunk. This increased pressure on volunteers has sorely taxed our capabilities. Workers come and go, and while many have contributed for years, our pool, frankly, is “graying.” They simply cannot physically continue indefinitely.

History of the Larry Scott Memorial Trail

Larry Scott Memorial Trail—From Dream to Reality

Full Newsletter HERE….

The Waterfront Trail Is Now Open!

November 19th, 2012

Great news! As of May 2, 2013, the Waterfront Trail in Port Angeles is open to foot and bike traffic from Hollywood Beach in PA to Morse Creek. Only the egress to the Francis Street Park is still closed.

For more information the link to the City of PA Parks and Recreation Waterfront Trail site is http://www.cityofpa.us/parksrecreation.htm and you can reach them by phone at (360) 417-4550.

PTC Newsletter, Summer 2012 Issue

July 9th, 2012

From the Presidents
- Chris Gutmacher and Andy Stevenson

PTC Vice President, Chuck Preble, on a roll in West Port Angeles

PTC Vice President, Chuck Preble, on a roll in West Port Angeles

Discovery Bay — Grant applications for funding to build the Maynard section and design the ODT the rest of the way to Hwy 20 have been submitted by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and Jefferson County (Jeffco). They have given preliminary presentations on the grants to the evaluators, and the feedback received will significantly strengthen the applications for the final round. Our gratitude and a huge thank you to: Nik Worden, who worked with Jeffco on this; Jeffco for prioritizing their staff time to write grants, and WDFW for revising their grant plans so they could help the ODT at this critical time. It takes a village to build this trail!

Spruce Railroad Trail — See report in What’s Happening on the ODT.

Fundraising Committee — We need some help with this, folks. For starters, we have offers on the table that the board cannot handle alone; we sure don’t want to just say no! Your interest and enthusiasm trumps any lack of experience in garnering funds. Please, can you give us a hand? Contact Chris per info on back page. Thank you.

Full Newsletter HERE….

Peninsula Trails Coalition Board’s Position on Olympic National Park’s Preferred Alternative #4

June 21st, 2012

Peninsula Trails Coalition (PTC) and Clallam County have been working with the National Park Service to establish an 11-mile route for a portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail (ODT), a regional non-motorized transportation facility, through Olympic National Park (ONP) along the north shore of Lake Crescent–utilizing the decommissioned rail bed of the Spruce Railroad.  This effort has been ongoing for more than 15 years and has resulted in the construction of 7 miles of AASHTO- compliant shared-use pathway in the Park (Phase 1).

After the construction of Phase 1 in 2009, the ONP staff determined that the remaining four miles of pathway (Phase 2) would be the subject of an Environmental Assessment (EA) to examine the impact on the lakeshore.  The Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) EA was released in September 2011 and was subsequently withdrawn due to a number of safety and usability questions raised during public comment.

[The 2012 SRRT EA was released and available for review and comment until June 8, 2012.

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PTC Newsletter, Spring 2012 Issue

May 7th, 2012

From the Presidents:
- Chris Gutmacher and Andy Stevenson

The red x’s along the bay show the old route leading to trestle that will now be removed; orange dashes show proposed new route of ODT on slope just above lagoon.

The red x’s along the bay show the old route leading to trestle that will now be removed; orange dashes show proposed new route of ODT on slope just above lagoon.

Discovery Bay — PTC has been working HARD (lots of miles, meetings, and “seat time”) to get on top of this issue. We have made major progress in assuring the ODT will have a viable route through this bottleneck (the Maynard section: the narrowest strip of land between the bay and Hwy 101).

We cannot adequately express our gratitude, awe, and appreciation for our ODT supporters, near and far. The response to our plea for funds has been overwhelming. We have achieved our goal of raising $35,000 in less than two months! (This literally brought us to tears on more than one occasion.) It is an incredible privilege to lead the effort for such a constituency; your love for and support of the ODT are gratefully acknowledged.

Our trail design is well underway, and we have been able to identify a route that will meet both the restoration and trail goals. We expect to have a final design soon. With our planning monies secured, we have turned our effort towards finding the approximately $600K needed to construct the trail through the Maynard section and the approximately $100K needed to design the southern and eastern route around the head of Discovery Bay.

Full Newsletter HERE….

PTC Newsletter, Winter 2011 Issue

May 7th, 2012

A Note From the Presidents:
- Chris Gutmacher and Andy Stevenson

A Day in the Life of a Trail Project — Building the Olympic Discovery Trail

A Day in the Life of a Trail Project — Building the Olympic Discovery Trail

Things are heating up on the ODT!

Three developments this fall have the potential for tremendous impact on the ODT:

1. There is new hope for breaking the routing deadlock around the head of Discovery Bay, as reported under JTC news. This pinch between the shore line and Hwy 101 may finally be solved!

2. Olympic National Park’s results of the Environmental Assessment of the proposed Spruce Railroad Trail upgrade at Lake Crescent will have a huge impact on how soon and how well that bottleneck is solved. Your pair o’presidents logged a lot of computer, road and meeting time chasing down the facts and regulations pertaining to this complex issue. We worked with cycling groups, Olympic National Park, county and state officials, US senators, and Representative Norm Dick’s office to urge a true ODT-level upgrade of the SRRT. PTC thanks all of you who sent comments to the Park during the response period. Soon we hope to know if we had an effect.

Full Newsletter HERE….