Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.
Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats
NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »
For information about research related to fire in the Olympic Mountains, check out the following links:
--"Subalpine Tree Reestablishment After Fire in the Olympic Mountains, Washington." James K. Agee and Larry Smith
--"Fire and Fuels Management: Definitions, Ambiguous Terminology, and References." Compiled by George Wooten.
--"A Fire Cycle Model Based on Climate for the Olympic Mountains, Washington." James K. Agee and R. Flewelling.
--"Characteristics of Large Lightning Fires in the Olympic Mountains, Washington." Mark H. Huff and James K. Agee.
--"Vegetation Response to Prescribed Fire in Douglas-fir Forests, Olympic National Park" Richard W. Fonda and Elizabeth P. Binney
Did You Know?
Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.