Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park is Now Open!

On June 30th, 2017 Olympic National Park officials announced that the entirety of Obstruction Point Road, an eight mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point has opened to vehicle travel from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Area. The final five miles opened Friday morning after a few weeks of access to the Waterhole area was granted to visitors of Washington State’s favorite National Park. 


Happy Birthday, Olympic National Park!!

On June 29th, 1938, Olympic National Park was officially designated as a National Park by President Franklin Roosevelt, forever changing the landscape of the Olympic Peninsula of Washington State. For the past 79 years, Olympic National Park has been captivating the hearts and imaginations of wilderness explorers of all ages, enticing a deeper connection with the great outdoors. Today, we get to wish it a very Happy Birthday. 


Olympic’s Rialto Beach Scheduled to Reopen for Holiday Weekend

Fantastic news from Olympic National Park! Access to Rialto Beach in the LaPush region of Olympic is scheduled to reopen, just in time for the 4th of July holiday weekend! Closed since mid-May, the road leading to one of America’s most visited wilderness beach regions can once again be visited by beach lovers, after finally being repaired for storm damage. It has been nearly two months and we are excited to head on out to Hole in the Wall!


Olympic National Park’s Spruce Railroad Trail to “Reopen” July 16th!

One of the best family-friendly and scenic trails in Olympic National Park is going to reopen this weekend!

For months, visitors to Olympic National Park’s Lake Crescent have had to endure a closure on the eastern part of the Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) from the Lyre River Trailhead. Because of the closure, the million visitors to the park this year have had miss the stunning sights found at the stunning tourist draw of Devil’s Punchbowl. Due to much needed construction, the trail was only open in sections. Luckily, we have endured the needed repairs and it was just announced that this phase of improvements, including the McFee Tunnel, will be open to the public, starting Sunday, July 16th!


Gorgeousness Awaits at Gladys Divide in Olympic National Park

Few hikes perfectly encapsulate the spirit and feel of a region like Gladys Divide does for the Staircase region of Olympic National Park. Full of stunning views, breathtaking lakes, wilderness adventure and relative solitude in the midst of unrivaled natural beauty, the long trek to Gladys Divide is one of those trails you’ll yearn to hike, year after year. 


The Edge of Vastness

We released the Einmaleins Film ‘The Edge of Vastness’ worldwide on Youtube today.

  • If you love it, we would love it if you like, share, and shout about it on your rooftop. Seriously, tell everyone and your family.
  • If you organize an outdoor film festival, we’d love to show our little film there, please do get in touch.

Watch it after the jump.


Olympic National Park’s Deer Park Road is Open!

On June 18th, 2017, access to Deer Park, one of the prettiest ridges in Olympic National Park, has reopened! The information was verified on the morning of June 18th, by a call to the Olympic National Park visitor center in Port Angeles.

Deer Park, located 14.5 miles east of Hurricane Ridge, is known for stunning views and incredible hiking, as well as being one of the best accessible destinations to star gaze. Deer Park rests in the Olympic Rainshadow, allowing for a windswept ridge that often has some of the best weather in Western Washington. With 14 campsites facing away from the light of Sequim, Victoria and the other towns of the Salish Sea, Deer Park makes for the ideal destination for those looking for epic views and stunning experiences a mile above the sea.


All Washington State Parks Nearly Closed on July 1st…

UPDATE: As of 6:21 on June 30th, Washington State has passed a budget!! No shutdown! I repeat, there will be NO SHUTDOWN!

Go buy a Discover Pass and support your State Parks!!

Feel free to read out outdated story below.


Mesmerized by Marmot Pass and Buckhorn Mountain

Looking for a trail that delivers jaw-dropping panoramic views? Craving a trail with lofty vistas giving euphoria that only a mountain trail in Olympic National Forest can offer? Answer the call of the Marmot. 


Opening Glacier National Park’s Going to the Sun Road

America’s most iconic National Park road is reopening, helping provide lifelong adventures into the heights of Glacier National Park. Soon, once the plows finish clearing snow, Glacier National Park’s Going to the Sun Road will be open to vehicles, once again inspiring and possibly terrifying modern day adventurers with inspiring views. Any day now, the Going to the Sun Road will be open. Will you be driving it this year? 


The Edge of Vastness – Film Premiere

Just five weeks ago, we headed south to tackle one of our craziest adventures yet. As winter finally was ending in the Pacific Northwest, Doug and I took off for a week long expedition to the deserts of the American Southwest. We drove many miles, visited new and wondrous places and went to run the epic Grand Canyon from South Rim to North Rim and back, all in a day, all in one go. Among rocks millions of years old, carved by the everlasting patience of the mighty Colorado River, we discovered desire beauty, refueled our sense of exploration and tested our minds, bodies and souls in ways we could never have imagined. We left as rainforest runners, we came back as canyon cowboys. On June 19th, 2017, come see, here and experience this amazing trip with The Outdoor Society. 


A Whale of a Smelly Time: The Stench of Death on the Washington Coast

At the end of May, when most eyes were on the mountains, watching for the snow to melt and open up high alpine areas, those with a nose on the Washington Coast were distracted by a washed up juvenile grey whale near Twin Harbors State Park.


Violence, Death and Crowds: Memorial Day Weekend in Olympic National Park and Forest

Memorial Day weekend at Lake Cushman started with potential. Underneath the shadow of rocky peaks full of mountain goats, and near a peaceful river full of camping destination and hiking trails, hundreds of excited locals and tourists headed out in the long overdue sunny weather. Fueled by alcohol and testosterone, Lake Cushman’s Party Rock erupted in violence, where fights broke out, a vehicle ran over someone and a man was hit in the head with a hammer. Elsewhere, one man was killed and another injured in what some are saying was a racially motivated crime. Finally, crowds overwhelmed National Park staff. 


The Hoh Rainforest Is Getting 10,000 Acres Bigger

The Hoh River Valley is a blessed place. Inspiring, soothing and bonding us back in touch with Mother Nature, the experiences found in this rainforest region of the Olympic Peninsula are unrivaled. For many, the great outdoors don’t get any better than the wilderness beauty found along the blue river and green mosses of the Hoh. Now, thanks to local conservation efforts, the Hoh rainforest just got a little bigger.


Monitor Marmots on the Mountains of Olympic National Park And Forest

Love marmots, hiking, alpine views and spending time in the great outdoors of the Olympic Peninsula? Now you can help a species and get into wilderness, thanks to the Marmot Monitoring Program in Olympic National Park. For those hoping to watch these furry, adorable, high-alpine dwellers, Olympic National Park is happy to announce that they are now accepting volunteer applications for the Olympic Marmot Monitoring Program 2017 survey season! This is a fantastic way to explore the park, help out the official endemic mammal of Washington and support your Public Lands! Hurry though, the applications deadline is June 1st!


37 Years Later: Mt St Helens on May 18th, 2017

At 8:32am on May 18th, 1980, the once silent Sunday morning in the Pacific Northwest was quickly turning into the one of the most memorable natural disasters in American History.  The largest recorded landslide also helped trigger a powerful eruption that sent volcanic ash across the globe. Today, we mark 37 years of this amazing eruption, and take a minute to remember the 57 people who lost their lives.

37 years ago, I wasn’t alive, but I have looked through family pictures of this day and feel like I was there. 


Olympic National Park’s Rialto Beach Closed For Six Weeks

Another month, another closure to a popular area in Olympic National Park. Seems like a familiar tune, right?

This time though, the closure will be a good thing, as the reason for the lack of access is a repair to a the road leading into one of Olympic’s most popular coastal destinations. The closure to Rialto Beach is expected to last through the month of June, meaning that there will be NO ACCESS to this classic Olympic National Park beach until the summer. You read that right, Rialto Beach is off limits until the end of June. (Except Memorial Day Weekend)


Three thousand for fifty

Last week our crew drove over 3,000 miles from our basecamp in Olympia, heading  down south. We went very far south to find some sun, visit a couple National Parks and, most important of all, run the Grand Canyon.


The Road to Olympic National Park’s Staircase region is Finally Getting Fixed

I might have cried with joy when I heard the news.

The road leading to Olympic National Park’s Staircase region is being repaired, with the grading process starting on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Once the process is complete and the miles of potholes are filled up, Forest Service Road 24 along Lake Cushman will be easily passable, allowing you access deep into the wilderness around the North Fork Skokomish River. 


Olympic National Park Pavement Projects: 2017 Edition

That’s gotta be an Olympic tongue twister, right?

Joking aside, ONP will be fixing roads and you should be aware of what, which, when, and where. Affected areas are: Quinault, Kalaloch, Hoh and Mora areas. This project might take awhile, in fact completion time is forecasted to be mid to end of August of 2017. This is not counting the construction projects occurring all summer around Lake Crescent, which will make travel around the northern peninsula slow at best.

Here’s the timeline for the first three weeks:


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