• 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 »

History & Culture

From the hunter whose spear point was left embedded in a mastodon 12,000 years ago near present-day Sequim ...

 
piece of woven basket

Fragment of a 2,900 year old basket found near Obstruction Point.

... to the weaver whose basket was left 3,000 years ago near Obstruction Point ...

 
historic sepia-toned photo of cabin

Humes' Ranch homestead, circa 1905, in the Elwha Valley.

... to the the homesteaders of the late 1800s ...

 

...to the national park boosters of the early and mid-1900s, people have used, enjoyed and affected the Olympic Peninsula.

 

Ancient Peoples and Area Tribes
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European and Euro-American History
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Did You Know?

marmot

Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.