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Old 08-07-2014, 11:28 AM   #1
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Sore Thumb, on the northwest Olympic Peninsula

Sore Thumb is a high point in the national forest between Port Angeles and Forks, about 14 miles south from Hwy 101. The turnoff is 25 miles west of Port Angeles, and 4 miles west of Lake Crescent. These pictures are from a ride in June.

Sore Thumb, 8 miles distant, in front of Mount Olympus, 26 miles away. This picture was taken from Kloshe Nanitch Lookout about 10 days earlier.

Well marked NF-2918 is located about 4 miles west of Lake Crescent on Hwy 101. The route shown is 33 miles total, including a 5 mile side trip down NF-2920.

Looking southeast from Kloshe Nanitch Lookout. Sore Thumb is barely visible in front of Mount Olympus, on the right. Hwy 101 is below. NF-2918 heads up the large Sol Duc River valley, beyond the clear cut ridge.

South fork of the Sol Duc River, NF-2920

Rockfall on NF-2920, but not a problem.

Climbing towards Sore Thumb on NF-2931.

Another motorcycle tire track? It was the only other sign of a bike that I noticed while on the ride.

The picture I stopped for in the first place. NF-2931 looking north.

First glimpse of Sore Thumb from NF-2931.

Second glimpse of Sore Thumb from NF-2931.

Final ridge visible ahead. NF-2931-200 nearing Sore Thumb.

Looking back from the same spot.

And looking down on NF-2931 below.

Approach to the final ridge before Sore Thumb.

End of the road, Mount Olympus ahead in the clouds. NF-2931-200.

End of the road, Sore Thumb.

Olympics lost in the clouds. Olympic National Park begins on the other side of the near ridge. NF-2918 is blocked about here in the valley below. The visible roads are all inaccessible, at least for large bikes, and I didn't notice any likely single tracks.

Looking south from the ridge.

Looking west from the ridge.

Looking north from the ridge.

Looking east from the ridge.

I came in from the track at the top right of the map, and departed via the left side, which joined back up with NF-2918 after a mile or so.

The original plan was to continue on NF-2920, and connect up with NF-29, the main route west of here. But the road came to a spot, quite passable, but a little too narrow, off-camber, and rough, with a very exposed and steep downside. So I doubled back and went up to Sore Thumb instead.

I've been on NF-2918 across the river, but it dead ends almost directly below the end of the road by Sore Thumb high above.

Same spot on a clear day last October.

Another from last October.

Larger versions of these pictures are at:

It's pretty quiet out here. On 2 rides in this area I've encountered a total of 1 parked pickup, and 1 chain gang clearing the road.
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #2
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Cool ride. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 08-07-2014, 12:13 PM   #3
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thanks for this - gives me an idea for how to spend the labour day weekend
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Old 08-07-2014, 08:28 PM   #4
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Thanks. Looks like a place to add to my OP ride list.
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Old 08-08-2014, 08:06 AM   #5
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Excellent. I need to get out there some day.

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Old 08-08-2014, 08:20 AM   #6
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Old 08-08-2014, 03:17 PM   #7
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Nice work! I need to get away from the south end of the peninsula for once and poke around up there.
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Old 08-08-2014, 04:48 PM   #8
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From the title, I thought this would be a mangled digit thread..
Or a reference to the Sore Thumb Tavern at Long Beach..
Nice pics anyways.. made me thirsty for some reason..

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Old 08-08-2014, 11:38 PM   #9
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Kloshe Nanitch Lookout nearby

Well I'm sorry to say that I actually do have a sore thumb now, due to a wood splinter a few hours ago. It's pretty minor, but I've been applying the tavern treatment as a precaution.

The turnoff to this former lookout site is only 5 miles west on Hwy 101 from the NF-2918 turnoff to Sore Thumb. The 3rd image at the start of this thread is of Kloshe Nanitch. There are some other pictures in an earlier thread:

The turnoff from Hwy 101 is into the Snider Workcenter, and NF-3040 is well marked.

It's about 6 miles to the top, and it continues over the mountain as NF-3067 to join the main route NF-30. NF-30 connects back to Hwy 101, or as good gravel northeast to the strait and Hwy 112.

The road up to the lookout is good dirt/gravel, but pretty steep. NF-3067 was a little more difficult than NF-3040 from Snider Workcenter. The above graph was going from NF-30 south to Hwy 101.

Such nice riding out here, and usually 10 - 15 degrees cooler than Seattle during the summer.
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