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 »
Bull Trout - Salvelinus confluentus
Native to the State of Washington, bull trout are found in a number of the rivers within, and surrounding, the park. There are populations in the Queets, Quinault, Hoh, Elwha, Dungeness and North Fork Skokomish Rivers. In late fall, from October to December, bull trout can be spotted in the North Fork Skokomish River which runs down to the lower-eastern corner of the park, in the Staircase area. Bull trout require very cold water for spawning and migrate further upstream than most other species.
The Puget Sound population is considered threatened, based on low abundance and loss of critical freshwater habitat. Because of their complex habitat requirements, such as woody debris, boulders, and undercut banks, even marginal structural or flow changes make bull trout suseptible to decline. Over-fishing, and competitive displacement by non-native species (particularly brook trout) has also proved detrimental to the population.
Bull trout were thought to inhabit the majority of the Elwha River watershed before the Elwha dam was built in 1910. After dam removal, natural recolonization is expected as upstream and downstream passage is reestablished. Both the landlocked populations above the dams and the anadromous bull trout below the dams are expected to contribute to recolonization of the Elwha. (Historic Range Map)
Protection and restoration of bull trout habitat is included in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Puget Sound Salmon Recovery Plan.
This webpage was made possible in part by a grant from Washington's National Park Fund.
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