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.


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Feel free to read out outdated story below.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.


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:


Olympic National Park is Slowly Reopening After A Wild Winter

As we finally get a break from the seemingly endless onslaught of rain and clouds, Olympic National Park has sent out a reminder that the park is starting to open up for the late spring and summer months. Starting on April 28th, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be open 24 hours a day depending on weather, while numerous campgrounds and roads are expected to open in May and June. We will obviously keep you all updated on the openings of each region, but this is a great announcement. The official Olympic National Press release is as follows, with images provided by yours truly and a few comments added by The Outdoor Society. 


Trump’s Newest Executive Order to Attack One Billion Acres of Public Lands

In the most recent and blatant attempt to strip Americans of their Public Lands, the Trump Administration is expected to issue an Executive Order on Wednesday, April 26th that calls for a review of all National Monuments designated since 1996.Trump’s executive order on will attack 1,018,114,328 (over one billion!!!!!) acres of our most special National Monuments.


Olympic National Park Added Nearly $400 Million to Local Economy in 2016

In the current climate of political uncertainty, America’s Public Lands are under constant attack. Whether it is a desire to drill in and around National Parks, continue to slash a budget that is already barebones or even refuse to allow hiring at the numerous lands ran by the Department of Interior, it is simple: our National Parks are being undervalued. Even locally, many towns around the region want to open up logging or mining in and around our most cherished of public lands, saying it will boost the economy, create jobs and all of their other outdated talking points. Today, we get to prove them wrong and hopefully shut them up for good. Our public lands are revenue generators and help sustain the American way. This is a fact.


Mount Rainier National Park Added Nearly $65 Million to Local Economy in 2016

In 2016, 1.4 Million park visitors spent an estimated $50.7 Million in local gateway regions while visiting Mount Rainier National Park. The 1.4 million was the highest visitation total since 1995, showing that the iconic volcano in the Pacific Northwest received a great boost from the National Parks turning 100 years old. The expenditures brought in by visitors supported a total of 654 jobs, $23.3 Million in labor income, $40.3 Million in value added, and $64.8 Million in economic output in local gateway economies surrounding Mount Rainier National Park.


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