Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14
To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »
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 »
NPS Exotic Plant Management Team
This low-growing geranium species is also called “stinky Bob” for its unmistakeable and unpleasant smell.
Herb Robert is a low-growing (up to ten inches high), herbaceous species. The stems are often dark red and covered with white hairs. Its leaves are made up of three to five leaflets that are long-stemmed and deeply dissected. Flowers are purple, pink, or white with five petals and found from early spring to fall.
How is it spreading and where?
Herb Robert was introduced from Eurasia and northern Africa. It easily spreads into undisturbed areas and is shade tolerant. It spreads by seeds that are sticky and are launched explosively.
In Olympic National Park, it has spread and established itself in several lowland areas.
Did You Know?
...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.