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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.

Steller's Sea Lion

A Steller's sea lion bobs its head up in the waters of Cape Flattery.

A Steller's sea lion swims offshore near Cape Flattery, the northwesternmost corner of the Olympic Peninsula.

Ken and Mary Campbell

Steller's Sea Lion - Eumetopias jubatus

Identification:
The Steller's sea lion is the larger of two species of sea lions that inhabit Pacific coastal waters. Males may weigh upwards of 2,000 pounds. They are tawny-colored and much less vocal than the California sea lion.

Habitat:
Steller's sea lions arrive off the Olympic coast during the late summer and early fall, hauling out in masses on the abundant offshore rocks, right alongside their smaller cousins. These whiskered creatures are often visible on the islands off the coast of Cape Flattery and Cape Alava.

Diet:
Codfish, smelt, squid, rockfish, and other fish are staples of their diet.

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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.