Frosty Moss Relay Course Overview

NOTE: A few FMR 2020 legs are changing! Route is the same—some exchange zones are moving, slightly changing leg distances. We’re also adding a 30-mile 8-leg Mini Moss option beginning at Ediz Hook in Port Angeles. This page will be updated in September 2019 with the new info.

Participants will receive an in-depth Frosty Moss Relay guide closer to relay day.

Paved legs follow the Olympic Discovery Trail, a multiuse path for runners, cyclists, walkers, and horseback riders. Relatively flat and fast, though you will encounter some rolling hills. Most of the ODT is separate from traffic, but it does share the shoulder with traffic in a few places. We’ve noted traffic situations in the descriptions below.

Unpaved legs follow the ODT-Adventure Route, which is flowy dirt singletrack. Not super technical, but definitely hilly. The Adventure Route’s long ups and downs will be a fun change of pace for your trail-happy teammates. NOTE: Mini Moss does not run on the Adventure Route. That course is all pavement.

How hard is this thing? We’ve omitted difficulty ratings because (a) what’s easy for you might be agony for your teammate, and (b) the Frosty Moss Relay course is pretty darn runner-friendly. Challenges arise with the leg distances, hilly trail legs, and the potential for all sorts of weather in the many microclimates along the way. (Also your stinky friends in your team van.)

Our advice: Check out the course guide and assign legs accordingly. (And bring big Ziplocs for your stinky running gear.)

DAWDLERS BEWARE! Teams must average a 12:00 pace or faster, including time spent at exchanges. Teams arriving at Railroad Bridge Park (end of Leg 12) after 8:00pm will receive a “Go Directly to the After-Party” pass (aka DNF). Event directors may direct teams to jump ahead a leg or two and may pull teams from the course for reasons of time, safety, rules violations, etc.

ROADS ARE OPEN: Traffic rules apply. Runners and team vans must use caution at all crossings, along shared roadways, and exchange points.

Bookmark the Frosty Moss Relay routes on MapMyRun.

Distances are rounded to the nearest tenth or quarter mile. Click images and maps to enlarge.

Leg 1: Start Line! ODT-Camp Creek Trailhead
6.2 miles
Elevation Gain: 461 feet
Surface: Paved ODT and 1 mile of shared Forest Service road.
Highlights: Flat and fast. Sol Duc River views. Very, very green. The start line is the very western end of the completed Olympic Discovery Trail.
Traffic Alert: Last mile is on shared road. Logging trucks have the right of way.
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Leg 2: FS2918 to Fairholme Hill
3.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 326 feet
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: Flat and fast. Buttery paved surface amid tall trees.
Traffic Alert: This leg crosses HWY 101. Traffic rules apply.
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Leg 3: Spruce Railroad Trail, Lake Crescent, Olympic National Park
10 miles
Elevation Gain: 722 feet
Surface: Mix of paved path, wide gravel regrade, and dirt trail.
Highlights: The entire length of the ODT-Spruce Railroad Trail. Net downhill all the way. Run alongside Lake Crescent and through a restored railroad tunnel. Take time for a short detour to the bridge over Devil’s Punchbowl at either end of the tunnel.
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Leg 4: Adventure Route #1 (TRAIL)
Distance: 8.75 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,326 feet
Surface: About 3 miles of gravel road (closed to traffic), then singletrack trail.
Highlights: East Beach to Joyce Access Rd. First leg of trail running. Lots of uphill on this one.
Traffic Alert: Begin on East Beach Rd (~1/4 mile). Cross Joyce-Piedmont Rd near MP5.
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Leg 5: Adventure Route #2 (TRAIL)
Distance: 8.6 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,303 feet
Surface: Singletrack trail
Highlights: Joyce Access to Eden Valley Rd. A local favorite for weekend runs, and the first half of the OAT Run half marathon. Dense, moody forest with occasional views to Vancouver Island. Fun-to-run switchbacks and lots of hills.
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Leg 6: Adventure Route #3 (TRAIL)
Distance: 6.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 578 feet
Surface: Singletrack trail
Highlights: Eden Valley to the Dan Kelly Lot, another local favorite. Starts with a lovely long downhill before climbing to the Living Room (see photo, giant benches with views of the Bailey Range) and ends with a fun downhill to the exchange. PS: Sorry about that last hill.
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Leg 7: Elwha River Crossing
Distance: 4.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 27 feet
Surface: 2 miles along roadway, paved ODT (no traffic) at Elwha River.
Highlights: Around mile 2, leave the road behind and enjoy the view from the bridge over the newly wild and free Elwha River. Get ready for Leg 7 with a viewing party of Return of the River.
Traffic Alert: Run along narrow shoulder on rural roads and Hwy 112 in first 2 miles. Runner must cross Hwy 112. Watch for highway-speed traffic.
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Leg 8: West Port Angeles
Distance: 5 miles
Elevation Gain: 73 feet
Surface: Paved ODT, neighborhood streets, sidewalk.
Highlights: Get into a speedy groove with a subtle downhill grade before the big downhill to the waterfront. Things get a little industrial for a few blocks before the relay exchange at city pier.
Traffic Alert: Mix of shoulder, sidewalk, and ODT after MP2. Watch for course markings.
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Leg 9: Port Angeles Waterfront
 4.5 miles
Elevation Gain: Not much. Very flat!
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: Pure Strait of Juan de Fuca goodness. Never mind MMR’s elevation chart—we swapped it for the more accu-flat elevation from Strava. Watch for river otters!
Traffic Alert: Watch for traffic at the street crossing after the Morse Creek trestle. Exchange point is in the parking lot on the other side.
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Leg 10: Morse Creek to Old Olympic
Distance: 4.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 332 feet
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: Sorry about that big hill at the start, but there’s a great mountain view at the top! (And a bunch of public bathrooms at the rest area.) Oh, and that big down and up at the covered bridge, but after that it’s lovely rolling hills through the trees all the way to Old Olympic Hwy.
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Leg 11: Robin Hill Country Park
Distance: 3.7 miles
Elevation Gain: 147 feet
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: Make up for lost time entering the flatlands of Sequim. Forest gives way to working farmland. Say hello to the cows. It’s usually warmer and drier out this way, too. Welcome to the rainshadow.
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Leg 12: Dungeness River Railroad Bridge 8:00pm CUTOFF
Distance: 3.8 miles
Elevation Gain: 131 feet
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: In February 2015, a high-water event washed away the Dungeness River trestle. Thanks to the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, volunteers with the Peninsula Trails Coalition, and many others, the rebuilt trestle at the end of Leg 12 was ready for action just a year later. Check out the beautiful S’Klallam artwork embedded on the walkway.
Cutoff Alert: Teams finishing this leg after 8:00pm will be sent directly to the finish line party.
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Leg 13: City of Sequim
Distance: 3.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 10 feet
Surface: Paved ODT, city sidewalks.
Highlights: A quick jaunt through Sequim (pronounced “Squim”), home to the annual Lavender Festival, Olympic Birdfest, and a retiree mecca, thanks to its location in the rainshadow and its walk/bike-friendly streets.
Traffic Alert: Lots of street crossings. Watch for course markings.
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Leg 14: Sequim East. Almost There!
Distance: 3.9 miles
Elevation Gain: 176 feet
Surface: Paved ODT, city sidewalks.
Highlights: Begin in Carrie Blake Park. If you’re lucky (and if it’s still light out), the local elk herd will make an appearance along this stretch. Terrain gets a little rolly and the tall trees reappear as you head toward Blyn.
Traffic Alert: End of this leg/beginning of next is at a road crossing.
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Leg 15: Finish Line in Blyn!
Distance: 3.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 123 feet
Surface: Paved ODT.
Highlights: Last leg! Recap the day with tall evergreens, another restored railroad trestle, a dash through Sequim Bay State Park, open prairie, a lovely net downhill grade, and the finish line after-party in Blyn at the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe facilities! Way to go, Frosty Mossers! You did it!
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