• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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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.

  • 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 »

Historic Range in the Elwha - Bull Trout

Historical Range:
Historically, bull trout had an extensive range in the Elwha River. The dams, which have blocked 70 miles of habitat, greatly reduced the population. Coastal/Puget Sound populations of bull trout were listed as threatened by the Endangered Species Act in November of 1999. Bull trout still exist both above and below the dam, though the anadromous form is considered depressed in the Elwha because of the limited five miles of habitat available for returning anadromous bull trout. Dam removal has the potential of restoring bull trout populations.

The red line represents the historical range of bull trout. A small number still live in this range, above, between and below the dams.

Historic bulltrout range
Historic range of bull trout in the Elwha River.

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Did You Know?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...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.