• 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.

Glacial Mass Balance

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Use the interactive tool above to learn how climate affects glacial mass balance on glaciers. The animation contains two primary sections. Shifting Seasons explains how yearly snowfall patterns determine whether or not a glacier grows or shrinks in size. A Climate Indicator allows users to adjust temperatures to visualize how a glacier responds to long-term climate shifts.

Did You Know?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.