Explore the Wonders of the Northern Olympic Peninsula

Douglas Scott for Roots Rated and Outdoor Research

I have said it before and I will say it again, until my dying days: You need to explore the northern Olympic Peninsula.


The City of Olympia Gets a New Trail

This morning, Olympia’s Parks & Arts and Recreation department opened a brand new trail in the NE neighborhood of the capitol city, connecting East Bay Drive by Howard Road to the Reeves Middle School grounds. What has been a secret, neighborhood boot path for many years is now an official city trail, thanks to the support of a generous grant by REI and the incredibly trail work of the Washington Trail Association.


61: ‘Won’t you be my Running Buddy?’


To kick off the summer season your award winning hosts discuss public-private partnerships for our public lands, web toed running buddies, the place Western States Endurance Run has in trail media coverage, and how to break out of your running rut. Some topics were serious, some were silly. You get to guess which ones were which.

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Obstruction Point Road in Olympic National Park is Now Open!

On June 13th, 2019, Olympic National Park opened the entirety of Obstruction Point Road! This amazingly scenic and stunning eight mile dirt road from Hurricane Ridge to Obstruction Point allows vehicles to travel along the remote ridge from the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center Area. The final five miles opened quietly on the morning of the 13th, greeting visitors of Washington State’s favorite National Park with windswept ridges and amazing views. In typical Olympic National Park fashion, the news was not announced via a Press Release like every other National Park in the United States typically does. 


Olympic National Park’s Deer Park Road And Campground Are Open!

Deer Park, one of the prettiest ridges in Olympic National Park, has reopened for hiking, driving and camping!

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 lights 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.


60: ‘My Tank Top Tan Line’


The dreams of mountains are real. Snow is melting rapidly and summits are calling us.
This episode is also our big product review show in the Singletrack headquarters.
Douglas, and his dog, share their thoughts on hats, shirts and socks and Mathias shares his thoughts sandals and boxers. The show concludes of with an in-depth look at the must have book for any trail and mountain runner: Training for the Uphill Athlete, by Steve House, Scott Johnston and Kilian Jornet. Really, get that book.


Explore Parks, Run Trails, Race the Little Backyard Adventure

This summer, toe the line, race your heart and explore the twisted, beautiful trails at Olympia’s L.B.A. Park. This recently preserved forest in the south-eastern part of Olympia will play host to the area’s newest, and hottest trail race. The Outdoor Society is super excited to bring you this brand new outdoor adventure activity to the South Sound.

Here’s co-race director Mathias Eichler in his own words:


Mount Ellinor and Other Popular Trails to Close For Mountain Goat Removal Operations This Summer

Love mountain goats on the Olympic Peninsula? Better head to a few popular Olympic National Park and Forest peaks soon. In a press release from the USDA, and in info from Olympic National Park, it was announced that many of the most popular mountain hikes in the Pacific Northwest will be closing for a few days this summer. 


59: ‘Tick, Tick…. Boom!’


Did you go on a run for Global Running Day?
It’s tick season and your concerned hosts share some info and tips on how you can stay healthy. Don’t let those little bastards grind you down.


Ten things outdoor enthusiasts loves about Apple Watch and iPhone

Mathias Eichler for iMore

Apple’s iPhone and Apple Watch were born in the clean, white, and aluminum-accented labs in Cupertino, California and are assembled in a sterile factory without a speck of dust in the room, and even fingerprints are unseen. Though they start in the security of indoor labs, they’re really great tools for the outdoors. I’ve been taking my iPhone and Apple Watch into the backcountry for a long time now and am continuously surprised and delighted how well they hold up. Each iteration gets better and makes adventuring more fun.

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58: ‘The Importance of Firm Buns’


This week, the guys are back to their normal shenanigans. They discuss tank tops, running Cross Country, training and days off, Everest’s crowding issues, our National Park’s economic impact and, of course, baking. They also dive into the week’s “weather report,” where snowpack levels and safe travel are talked about. This episode is sure to be a favorite for someone. Maybe it will be you!

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Mobile Warming Bluetooth-enabled Primer baselayer shirt review

Mathias Eichler for iMore

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”, someone once said. But when temperatures drop and we’re stuck on a ski lift, cold temperatures can easily creep into even our best-insulated clothing. Once you’re cold, it’s no fun to play in the snow. I’ve recently had the chance to test out the Primer Shirt baselayer by Mobile Warming ‘Technology by Fieldsheer’.

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Olympic National Park’s Staircase Road and Campground to Reopen June 15

Olympic National Park officials have sent out a press release stating that the Staircase Road and campground will reopen Saturday, June 15 to visitors.

The closure for the road rehabilitation project has been extended an additional week to allow paving of the main road prior to re-opening. For public and worker safety, the road will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians at the park boundary through Friday, June 14.

Repairs on Staircase Road started on March 28 of 2019 and were scheduled to last for up to eight weeks. The road was supposed to have reopened to vehicles by Friday, May 24 in time for Memorial Day weekend.


Singletrack 57: ‘Outside’s $hit Sandwich’

Hey, it’s our first *Explicit* rated show in the history of Singletrack. We’re responding, strongly! to the recently written article by bully Marc Peruzzi in Outside Magazine blasting trail runners as ‘lazy parasites and deadbeats’.
Apologizes to our listeners who might be offended by the coarse language in this episode. No apologizes to Outside for publishing such a 💩 show.
Sometimes you gotta punch back.


Trail Town Olympia

Located at the picturesque southern tip of the Puget Sound, Olympia is at the halfway point between Seattle and Portland along I-5. Hugged by two incredible National Parks, with dozens of large and small recreation areas right within the city limits and in the surrounding area, Washington’s capitol has seemingly endless outdoor adventures opportunities.

We’re experiencing a renaissance of small city living in America. The only good jobs aren’t just in high rise office buildings in metropolitan areas anymore. The standard of living increasingly is higher in mid-size cities conveniently connected, but not overcrowded and paved over for miles each way.
Reaching the outdoors is not hard. There’s no bad time of the day to drive through town, and parks aren’t overcrowded on sunny days.


Singletrack 56: ‘Have you ever broken anything besides hearts?’


Starting out on a silly note, which shouldn’t come to anyone’s surprise, the team celebrates reaching 100 members of The Outdoor Society’s Strava Club.
Getting serious, a discussion ensues around recording one’s neighborhood walks as ‘runs’ and how to deal with the inevitable face plant on a trails.
There’s also a new training plan out, that’s included in Mathias’ new book: ‘Adventure Running‘ and summer routes at Mount Rainier National Park are planned.
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Singletrack 55: ‘Somewhat out of Sync’

Right away, we get serious and dive into the Suunto vs Strava syncing issues. We then follow up on some notes from previous episodes before chatting about the hills of Kaiser. Discussions then shift over to UTMB and the changes going on with this huge racing weekend. We also discuss Mathias’ imaginary friendship with Kilian Jornet and being friendly on trails with other runners and hikers. We end with silly shenanigans and a lullaby by Mathias. Another perfect episode of Singletrack.
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Olympic National Park’s Sol Duc Falls Bridge to Close For A Week in May 2019

Heading to Olympic National Park’s Sol Duc region in May of 2019? You may be in for a surprise. Without so much as a press release, Olympic National Park officials announced via their website that the foot bridge over Sol Duc Falls will be closed from May 15th through the 22nd of 2019. If you are reading this after May 22nd, 2019, ignore everything past this sentence. 


A Dozen and Half Wildflower Hikes to Explore Outside of Seattle

Douglas Scott for Curbed Seattle

We all love wildflowers. You could say we go wild for them. You probably shouldn’t, but one could if they wanted to make a terrible dad joke. Because of the allure and draw of the flower bloom, I was asked by Curbed Seattle to write a post that helps residents of Seattle and the Puget Sound see the best of the wildflower blooms. From the Olympics to Rainier, and even hikes around Snoqualmie, I highlighted a few of my favorite spots. Yes, I also included a piece on being a good steward of the land, making sure we have wildflower fields for generations to come. Give it a read. You’ll like it… if you like wildflowers.

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Bivystick review: A satellite communicator that brings peace of mind in the great outdoors

Mathias Eichler for iMore

Heading out to your favorite National Park on a backcountry adventure, you realize quickly how fast that cell signal disappears. While this might be welcome to curb the distracting emails and social media notifications, when it comes to safety, we’ve all come to rely on our phones to track our location. We use them to reach out to friends and family, giving them updates on where we are at, to look at maps, and to use GPS to track our progress. All this is more than just vanity, It helps get us home safe.

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By Douglas and Mathias in Olympia, Washington and Livingston, Montana.

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