• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Suggested Reading

Elk in the Hoh Rainforest.
Photo courtesy of Jon Preston
 

OLYMPIC NATURAL HISTORY

  1. Cascade - Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference, Second Edition, Daniel Matthews, 1999, Raven Editions
  2. Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Tim McNulty, 2003, University of Washington Press
  3. Olympic National Park Nature Guide, Larry and Nancy Eiffert, 2001, Estuary Press
  4. Olympic: The Story Behind the Scenery, Henry C. Warren, 2004, KC Publications, Inc.
  5. Olympic: The Continuing Story, Janet Scharf, 1993, KC Publications, Inc.

PLANTS AND TREES

  1. Cascade - Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference, Second Edition, Daniel Matthews, 1999, Raven Editions
  2. Plants of the Pacific Northwest Coast, Jim Pojar and Andy MacKinnon, 1994, Lone Pine Publishing
  3. Wildflowers of the Olympics and Cascades, Revised Edition, Charles Stewart, 1994, Nature Education En­terprises
  4. Forest Giants of the Pacific Coast, Robert Van Pelt, 2001, Global Forest Society and University of Washing­ton Press
  5. Northwest Trees, Stephen F. Arno and Ramona P. Hammerly, 1977, The Mountaineers

ANIMALS

  1. Animal Tracks of Washington and Oregon, Ian Sheldon, 1997, Lone Pine Publishing
  2. Cascade - Olympic Natural History: A Trailside Reference, Second Edition, Daniel Matthews, 1999, Raven Editions
  3. National Audubon Society Field Guide to Mammals, Revised Edition, John O. Whitaker, Jr., 1996, Chanti­cleer Press, Inc.
  4. Olympic National Park Nature Guide, Larry and Nancy Eiffert, 2001, Estuary Press
  5. The Banana Slug, Alice Bryant Harper, 1988, Bay Leaves Press
  6. Birds of the Pacific Northwest Mountains, Nancy Baron and John Acorn, 1997, Lone Pine Publishing
  7. The Forest Elk, Bruce B. Moorhead, 1994, Northwest Interpretive Association

COASTAL RESOURCES

  1. The Beachcomber's Guide to Seashore Life in the Pacific Northwest, J. Duane Sept, 1999, Harbour Publish­ing
  2. Exploring the Seashore, Gloria Snively, 1978, Gordon Soules Book Publishers Ltd.
  3. Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Tim McNulty, 2003, University of Washington Press
  4. Seashore of the Pacific Northwest, Ian Sheldon, 1998, Lone Pine Publishing
  5. Tidepool and Reef, Rick M. Harbo, 1980, Hancock House Publishers, Ltd.

MOUNTAINS

  1. Geology of Olympic National Park, Rowland W. Tabor, 1987, Northwest Interpretive Association
  2. Olympic National Park: A Natural History, Tim McNulty, 2003, University of Washington Press

HOMESTEADS AND RECENT HISTORY

  1. Beyond the Trails: With Herb and Lois Crisler in Olympic National Park, Francis E. Caldwell, 1998, Olym­pic Graphics Arts, Inc.
  2. Footprints in the Olympics: An Autobiography, Chris Morgenroth, 1991, Ye Galleon Press
  3. The Land That Slept Late: The Olympic Mountains in Legend and History, Robert L. Wood, 1995, The Mountaineers
  4. There Was a Day: Stories of the Pioneers, Lonnie Archibald, 1999, Olympic Graphics Arts, Inc.

NATIVE AMERICANS

  1. Cedar, Hilary Stewart, 1984, University of Washington Press
  2. Hunters of the Sea, R. Stephen Irwin M. D., 1984, Hancock House Publishers, Ltd.
  3. Looking at Indian Art of the Northwest Coast, Hilary Stewart, 1979, University of Washington Press
  4. Native Peoples of the Olympic Peninsula, The Olympic Peninsula Intertribal Cultural Advisory Committee, edited by Jacilee Wray, 2002, University of Oklahoma Press

Did You Know?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.