PTC Volunteers Make the Morse Creek Ramp Safer for You

November 16th, 2014
The newly improved ramp  on the Morse Creek trestle. Photo courtesy of Jeff Rimov.

The newly improved ramp on the Morse Creek trestle. Photo courtesy of Jeff Rimov.

If you’re familiar with the wooden trestle over Morse Creek, you know it’s a beautiful stretch over the water and beneath a dense canopy of trees. You probably also know that the 90-degree turn to get on and off the trestle could be a little tricky to navigate. That sharp turn, we’re happy to announce, is now history.

On November 14 and 15, 2014, volunteers with the Peninsula Trails Coalition enjoyed a successful work party to improve access on the Morse Creek trestle ramp. Dan Rugh, Dick Gritman, Gene Rimov, Jeff Rimov, Glenn Carlson, Elden Hovyuberger, Gordon Taylor, and Ron Goldhammer all contributed their time and talents to transform a 90-degree turn into a wider, smoother turn that is now safer for everyone, particularly bicyclists and trail users in wheelchairs or mobility scooters. Volunteers will return to paint the new section when temperatures rise above 50 degrees. Elden and Dan even found a bit of time to pull a few weeds while they were out there.

Watch the project take shape in the slideshow at the bottom of this post.

Thanks to all of our enthusiastic volunteers for your contributions to the Olympic Discovery Trail. If you would like to play a role in caring for the trail, visit the Volunteers page for more information.

Your PTC membership dues and donations played an important role! Your membership dues and donations do more than buy materials to keep the trail clean and safe. You also help keep our volunteers safe! For this project, we used PTC funds to buy “fall protection kits,” which are like climbing harnesses that tether workers to the trestle (or a tree near a steep trail edge). It’s quite a drop over the side of the Morse Creek trestle, but the guys were all safe thanks to your generous support. Click here to join the Peninsula Trails Coalition or to make a donation. Thanks for your support!

Thanks to Jeff Rimov for sharing photographs from this project.

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Ron starts the project by cutting off the ends of the ties.

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Elden and Gordon test fit the main support joist.

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Dick and Glenn work on the beam support ledger.

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Ron begins to set the deck boards.

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Elden and Ron work on fitting the transition deck boards.

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Gene works on the final transition board while Dick and Ron install the guardrails.

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Elden multitasks and pulls a few weeds.

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The finished transition wedge looking northwest (toward Morse Creek).

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The finished transition wedge and as you turn southeast toward the parking lot.

 

Our Volunteers Will Blow You Away

November 13th, 2014

 

How does the Olympic Discovery Trail stay so beautifully maintained? Our tireless team of volunteer trail adopters play a huge role in keeping the surface clear of leaves, fallen trees, and litter. On Wednesday, November 12, trail adopters got a hands-on demonstration of a Billy Goat walk-behind leaf blower near the restored Morse Creek trestle on the Olympic Discovery Trail in Port Angeles.

Every fall, volunteers from the Peninsula Trails Coalition (the nonprofit behind the ODT) spend many days clearing leaves from dozens of miles of this paved multiuse path to make it safer for the people using it and to preserve the surface. As the ODT grows, it’s important to find quicker and easier ways to accomplish this big job.

When completed, the Olympic Discovery Trail will span the entire Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend in the east to La Push on the Pacific coast.

Thanks to Ron Goldhammer for organizing the demo, Sunset Wire Rope (aka Sunset DoItBest) in Port Angeles for the Billy Goat demo, and Gordon Taylor for the video.

Trail Map Brochures Available for Download

November 12th, 2014
ODT Map 2: Blyn to the Elwha River

ODT Map 2: Blyn to the Elwha River

Are you looking for the latest maps for the Olympic Discovery Trail and Adventure Trail? As we work toward updating our website’s trail section pages, you can download all four of the most recent trail brochures. Simply click the links below to download and print the pages you need for your journey.

  • ODT East: Port Townsend’s Larry Scott Trail
  • ODT Central: Blyn to the Elwha River
  • ODT West: Lake Crescent to Beaver
  • Adventure Trail: 20 miles of singletrack and 5 miles of logging road from Highway 112 to Lake Crescent (not suitable for road bikes)

 

Cyclists: Sequim Cranksgiving Food Drive and Scavenger Hunt

October 28th, 2014

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4th Annual CRANKSGIVING Food Drive and Scavenger Hunt
Saturday, November 15
9:30 a.m., meet at the Sequim Food Bank, 144 W. Alder
Click here for map >>
Rain or Shine

The 4th annual CRANKSGIVING is on Saturday, November 15! CRANKSGIVING is a Food Drive/Scavenger Hunt on wheels for cyclists that benefits the Sequim Food Bank.

CRANKSGIVING is a nationwide event that has grown to 39 cities this year. Sequim is the smallest city in the country to host a CRANKSGIVING event! Last year, 54 riders gathered more than 860 pounds of food and donated an additional $564 to the Sequim Food Bank.

BE PART OF MEETING THE SEQUIM CRANKSGIVING GOAL!

The biggest challenge in this event is getting riders to participate. Each rider accounts for approximately 15 pounds of food. This year’s goal is 1,000 pounds of food. We need about 67 riders to make that happen. Last year, we had 54 riders, so it is doable! See the flyer for details.

The ride is a whole lot of fun and benefits a great cause. The ride is sponsored by The Spoke Folk Cycling Club of Sequim, Washington. The club’s motto: “Cycling in the Blue Hole!”

See you there!

Cranksgiving 2014 Poster

Download the CRANKSGIVING flier (PDF) >>

Construction Update: Spruce Railroad Trail Reopened

October 20th, 2014

The Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT), along the north shore of Lake Crescent, reopened at the Lyre River Trailhead/East Beach Road access as of October 20. It had been closed since early August for widening and regrading on the first 1,600 feet. Two new bridges were also installed.

This is the first phase of paving the remaining four miles of the SRRT. The next construction phase will take place in fall 2015. When complete, the SRRT will allow road cyclists to bypass Highway 101 around the lake.

Thanks to trail user Jay Cline for taking these photos of the new construction (click images for full-size view):

New trailhead for the Spruce Railroad Trail as of October 20, 2014.

New trailhead for the Spruce Railroad Trail as of October 20, 2014.

One of the two new bridges installed on the Spruce Railroad Trail.

One of the two new bridges installed on the Spruce Railroad Trail.

The trail is now wider and flatter and features a temporary crushed-gravel surface.

The trail is now wider and flatter and features a temporary crushed-gravel surface.

Photographs courtesy of Jay R. Cline

Register for the 2014 Turkey Trot 5K

September 25th, 2014

Register On-Line Here

For Mail-In Registration Click Here

To Volunteer or for more info Click Here

Save the Date: Saturday, November 22, for the 3rd annual Turkey Trot 5K Run/Walk on the Larry Scott Trail (eastern end of the ODT) in beautiful Port Townsend. Kids’ 1-mile run begins at 9:00 a.m.; 5K race begins at 9:30 a.m. This is a timed event.

TT5K Pre-Registration    LSMT Logo Sign     TT14

 

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Updated LSMT Map

September 3rd, 2014

LSMT Map BH2MC     ODT Disco Bay Map

 

An updated map is now available for the Larry Scott Trail – the eastern end of the ODT in Jefferson County, from Port Townsend to the Milo-Curry Trailhead near the intersection of 4 Corners Rd. and Hwy. 20.

Trail and Local Events

May 20th, 2014

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. Admission was free, but 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.

The Tour de Lavender, a Peddle Power Weekend

The second annual Tour de Lavender weekend was held on August 2 and 3, 2014, and included a metric century plus ride (75 miles), a family fun ride (up to 35 miles) and a raffle for a new road bike. The annual Ride the Hurricane (the bicycle climb to Hurricane Ridge) on August 3 was also a part of the weekend events. Partial proceeds from the Tour de Lavender will benefit the Peninsula Trails Coalition and the Olympic Discovery Trail. For more information: 360-681-7532, http://tourdelavender.com/

Longest Day of Trails Fun Run

The Summer Solstice was celebrated in Port Townsend on Sunday, June 22nd, with the Longest Day of Trails 5K Run.  The start time was 10:00AM, and the route began at the Port Townsend boatyard waterfront at Hwy. 20 (Sims Wy.) and Haines Pl. and followed the beautiful Larry Scott Memorial Trail, the eastern end of the Olympic Discovery Trail.  Parking was available at the Haines Park and Ride lot across from Sims Way (near Safeway).  There was also a bike ride (free) starting 2:00PM at the boatyard and covering the full length (and return) of the LSMT.  Questions?  Jeff Selby at 360-531-2370.

Our sponsors for the Longest Day of Trails Run:   QFC, Hadlock; Good Sports, Hadlock; Evergreen Fitness, Port Townsend; Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend; Metro Bagels, Port Townsend; The Food Co-Op, Port Townsend.

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LDoT Sox Longest Day of Trails

On a beautiful day at the waterfront in Port Townsend a record turnout of runners and walkers enjoyed the 5th annual event.

Place (Gender) Name 5K Time Mile Pace

0. (M) Boston Huntingford (2, in stroller) 18:28 5:58
1. (M) Shawn Weigl (32) 18:29 5:58
2. (M) Mark Street (17) 21:45 7:01
3. (M) William Kenneweg (59) 22:23 7:13
4. (M) Joe Ramirez (29) 22:31 7:15
5. (F) Dawn Streett (52) 23:49 7:41
6. (M) Gilles Mougel (59) 24:13 7:49
7. (F) Chelsea Hamm (23) 24:18 7:50
8. (M) Mihael Shiach (63) 24:29 7:54
9. (M) Brandon Huntingford (31) 25:26 8:12
10. (F) Brie Van Cleve (35) 25:28 8:13
11. (M) David Sheldon (53) 25:52 8:21
12. (F) Shannon Kelley (33) 25:55 8:22
13. (M) Jake Meyer (67) 26:18 8:29
14. (M) Ben Mougel (29) 26:21 8:30
15. (F) Teresa Barron (62) 26:22 8:30
16. (F) Emily Vagts (30) 26:31 8:33
17. (F) Amy Petrotta (57) 26:38 8:35
18. (M) Robert Foster (58) 27:00 8:42
19. (F) Joyce Foster (60) 27:05 8:44
20. (F) Emily Glenn (13) 27:06 8:45
21. (M) Mike Glenn (52) 27:42 8:56
22. (F) Kari Tyson (41) 28:27 9:11
23. (F) Tashina Cavasoz (32) 28:28 9:11
24. (F) Sarah Foerchinger (36) 30:14 9:45
25. (F) Lisa Pedrey (34) 30:25 9:49
26. (F) Joel Lewis (35) 30:25 9:49
27. (F) Mary Burke (53) 30:47 9:56
28. (F) Leslie Wake (62) 31:01 10:00
29. (F) Candy Harper (61) 31:02 10:00
30. (F) Justine Slimp (28) 31:12 10:04
31. (F) Payton Slimp (3) 31:42 10:14
32. (M) Bruce Huntingford (51) 32:03 10:20
33. (M) Fred Weinmann (70) 32:45 10:34
34. (F) Peggy Tonan (64) 33:11 10:42
35. (M) Dennis Kelly (65) 33:17 10:44
36. (F) Vanessa Herold (33) 34:27 11:07
37. (F) Niama Prossor (55) 36:14 11:41
38. (F) Vivian Shiagh (58) 36:31 11:47
39. (F) Karen Crouse (73) 37:28 12:05
40. (M) Gary Lockwood (70) 38:36 12:27
41. (F) Kathleen Vasques (57) 40:00 12:54
42. (F) Gina Albright (35) 40:00 12:54
43. (F) Sarah Wright (30) 41:02 13:14
44. (F) Makena Slimp (4) 41:06 13:15
45. (F) Brittany Huntingford (28) 41:07 13:16
46. (F) Krystal Slimp (35) 42:18 13:39
47. (M) John Mackey (43) 43:23 14:00
48. (F) Sarah Bacica (60) 43:24 14:00
49. (M) Ivan Bacica (60) 43:58 14:11
50. (M) Jim McClallum (71) 47:04 15:11
51. (F) Michelle Haines (53) 51:15 16:32
52. (M) John Tonan (66) 51:35 16:38
53. (F) Paula Dowdle (58) 51:35 16:38
54. (F) Joyce Cardinal (68) 51:45 16:42
55. (F) Jeannette Hundley (46) 51:46 16:42
56. (F) Peggy Johnson (58) 51:47 16:42
57. (F) Amber Benner (50) 52:56 17:05
58. (F) Sharon Bodkin (71) 52:56 17:05
59. (F) Carole Franklin (72) 52:58 17:05
60. (F) Kate Deslauriers (61) 53:49 17:22
61. (F) Tina Silberman (60) 54:53 17:42
62. (F) Breanne Huntingford (5) 54:54 17:43
63. (F) Brenda Huntingford (51) 54:59 17:44
64. (F) Anita Edwards (63) 56:52 18:21
65. (F) Rose Horvath (76) 1:01:44 19:55

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 was held on the Olympic Discovery Trail on June 1, 2014.  Details for the 2015 run will be posted as they are released.

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

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.

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/

 

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.

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