• 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.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

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.