Olympia Traverse Course
Trail Run- 4 miles The Olympia Traverse kicks off with a run through the woods of Capitol Forest. The run leaves Middle Waddell Trailhead north on Waddell Creek Rd for one mile and then turns onto a dirt road that takes runners into the mosaic that is Capitol Forest. Participants will see the working forest that Capitol Forest is as they run through old growth, new growth and clearcuts. A loop on the shoulder of Mount Molly will bring the runners back to Waddell Creek Rd and turn south returning to Middle Waddell Trailhead.
Mountain Bike- 8 miles Mountain Bikers will leave Middle Waddell Trailhead and head south on Waddell Creek Rd to the entrance of Margaret Mckinney Campground, where the singletrack fun begins. MTBers will journey over Waddell Creek and through the lush rolling landscape to Mima Falls Trailhead. This leg will appeal to all levels of MTBers, with a less technical, non-intimidating route but a fast rolling and flowing terrain that more experienced MTBers will appreciate. Everyone will be grinning from ear to ear in the end.
Road Bike- 24 miles Participants will start from Mima Falls Trailhead parking lot and head south on Marksman Road. At T-Intersection turn left on Bordeaux Road. At T-Intersection turn left on Mima Road SW. Continue to follow Mima Rd SW and it will turn into Waddell Creek Rd. Follow Waddell Creek Rd to Delphi Rd SW. Turn left on Delphi Rd SW and follow Delphi Rd to Mud Bay Rd NW. Merge right on Mud Bay Rd NW to Evergreen PKWY. Turn left on Evergreen PKWY. Follow Evergreen PKWY and it will turn into Kaiser Rd NW. Follow Kaiser Rd NW and it will turn into French Rd NW. At T-Intersection turn left on Crestline Dr NW. Continue to follow Crestline Dr NW and it will turn into Crestline BLVD NW. Follow Crestline BLVD NW and it will turn into Raft Ave NW. Follow Raft Ave NW to Harbor View Rd NW. Turn right on Harbor View Rd NW. Follow Harbor View Rd NW and merge on West Bay Dr NW. Turn left into the new city park called West Bay Park.
Paddle – 4 miles West Bay Park offers a great new hand launch into Budd Inlet. Paddle will hug the shore heading north, past Tugboat Annies to Mark 1, then East toward Mark 2 off the shore of Priest Point Park, then South to Mark 3, turning for the last leg into Swantown Marina to finish at East Bay boatlaunch at the Olympia Rowing Club.
TREK – 1 mile + All teammates will get together and TREK along the water to the finish at Fish Bowl Brewpub.
As Executive Director of Recreation Northwest, Todd Elsworth promotes outdoor recreation and brings community together to enjoy, preserve and improve the places where we play. His decades of extensive event production, marketing and writing experience propel this passion. You might bump into him and his daughter Violet while they’re biking, hiking, paddling or skiing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.