• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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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 »

Fire Monitoring

Composite burn index plot on the Griff Fire

Composite burn index plot on the Griff Fire.

NPS photo

In order to see if vegetation resource objectives are being met by prescribed burns and wildland fires, Olympic National Park collects pre and post fire data at field plots. These plots involve counting and measuring trees, identifying understory vegetation, and calculating fuel loading on the forest floor. The NPS Fire Effects Monitoring Crew based at North Cascades National Park assists with the plots, as well as ONP employees. Fire effects on wildlife are also monitored by park biologists.

 
Griff Fire Effects

Griff Fire Effects

NPS Photo

For more information about fire effects monitoring, check out the following link:

--Fire Effects Monitoring Handbook

Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.