Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
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?
The old growth forests of the Pacific Northwest produce three times the biomass (living or once living material) of tropical rain forests. More...