The Longest Day of Trails is an event to raise money and awareness for our trail caretakers, through keeping the health of children and community members of Jefferson County in our sights. Monies raised from this event will be passed along as donations to the Olympic Discovery Trail:
- Jefferson Trails Coalition “To promote the construction, use, and maintenance of multi-use, non-motorized trails in Jefferson County and to connect to the Olympic Discovery Trail to Clallam Co.” Website: www.olympicdiscoverytrail.com
Our primary goal is to raise money for the Olympic Discovery Trail on the longest day of the season (Summer Solstice).
Our secondary goal is to get people out moving about in a safe and fun way while enjoying our beautiful peninsula. The Longest Day of Trails Fundraiser is being promoted to walkers, strollers, runners, cyclists, wheelchairs, and all other types of trail-users.
History of the Longest Day of Trails/Why we are doing this!
- The first three years were set up as an all day event, from sunrise to sunset, with the intention being you could “log” as many miles as possible in support of our local trail caretakers. There was a suggested donation, or donation with pledges.
- The fourth and fifth year were a 10K and 5K (respectively) running race; with a free bike ride later in the afternoon.
- We do this because we support our community and our trails. … Healthy trails make healthy communities, since we’ll be more inclined to use them, and many other reasons.
- It is the hope that The Longest Day of Trails event will connect groups and individuals. The PT Running Club, Port Townsend Bicycle Association, Jefferson Trails Coalition, Quimper Trails Association, Pacific Northwest Trails Association, Buckhorn Range Chapter – Backcountry Horsemen and others will be involved.
- Future plan is to offer more than two events: we’d love to grow into several events for all types of trail users. Any ideas? Any enthusiasm, contact us!
Larry Scott Memorial Trail information:
- The Larry Scott Trail starts in Port Townsend and travels almost 8 miles South and West towards Four Corners
- The Larry Scott Trail is beautifully built, ADA accessible, nearly 8 foot wide hard-packed gravel, and is available for non-motorized transportation and recreational purposes including walking, bicycling, wheeling, and horseback riding
- The Larry Scott Trail is part of the Olympic Discovery Trail and the Pacific Northwest Trail