Sore Thumb, on the northwest Olympic Peninsula

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by SmokeRing, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. SmokeRing

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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    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.


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    South fork of the Sol Duc River, NF-2920


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    Rockfall on NF-2920, but not a problem.


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    Climbing towards Sore Thumb on NF-2931.


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


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


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    First glimpse of Sore Thumb from NF-2931.


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    Second glimpse of Sore Thumb from NF-2931.


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



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    Looking back from the same spot.


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    And looking down on NF-2931 below.


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    Approach to the final ridge before Sore Thumb.


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


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    End of the road, Sore Thumb.


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    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.


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    Looking south from the ridge.


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    Looking west from the ridge.


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    Looking north from the ridge.


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    Looking east from the ridge.


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    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.


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    Same spot on a clear day last October.


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    Another from last October.


    Larger versions of these pictures are at:

    http://scudwest.smugmug.com/Sore-Thumb


    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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  2. MasterMarine

    MasterMarine Long timer

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    Cool ride. Thanks for sharing! :D
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  3. canadian chris

    canadian chris Been here awhile

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    thanks for this - gives me an idea for how to spend the labour day weekend :thumb
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  4. MasterChief

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    Thanks. Looks like a place to add to my OP ride list.
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  5. PNWRR

    PNWRR not fragile

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    Excellent. I need to get out there some day.

    :freaky
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  6. kwisn

    kwisn One Happy Dog

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    Thanks!
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  7. Dorian

    Dorian huge carbon footprint

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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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  8. muddyJ

    muddyJ Shortcut ahead!

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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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  9. SmokeRing

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    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: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=984432

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

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    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.

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    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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  10. MuscleGarunt

    MuscleGarunt Been here awhile

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    Nice post. I was out there the other day, no GPS, got totally lost!
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  11. GalacticMayor

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    Your post inspired a buddy and I to head up that way 4th of July weekend. We're honestly not sure if we made it to Sore Thumb or not, but we had a blast! IMG_8495.JPG IMG_8498.JPG IMG_8503.JPG IMG_8516.JPG
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  12. SmokeRing

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    I can say with some authority that you guys are lost. I know because I was lost at that same spot about a week earlier. I've been up there before, so I don't need to check the map. So I miss the turn off for NF-2931, and instead continue on NF-2920 (as did you). I made it past the stump, but managed to drop the bike for no good reason, short of the messy spot you crossed. It was a far as I got.

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    MuscleGarunt was able to ride over it without any trouble, but it wasn't something I was willing to try. He told me the road improved past this point. It connects up with the main road NF-29 on to Forks.

    These pictures are almost directly beneath Sore Thumb, and the turn off was about 2 miles back. The road up was much better than this when I was up last year. I'm not sure where your last picture was taken. Did you double back and make it to the top?
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  13. Apple Jam

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    Nice pics of places we want to be.
    I sure like being where few people go, it makes me feel special !
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  14. RainRider45

    RainRider45 Been here awhile

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    Now I have to go see the sore thumb.

    I am thinking of a 3-4 day ride from Oly up the Hood over to Hoh camp ride a day, head south to cape disappointment head east to white salmon then up the 25 past St Hellen's , pop out in Randel then north to Elbe and home.
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