Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl
The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »
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 »
Avalanche Awareness Program Set for December 14
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park, Olympic Mountain Rescue and the Port Angeles Winter Sports Club (a Port Angeles High School-based organization) will cosponsor an avalanche awareness workshop on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Port Angeles High School library.
“With the Olympics’ steep terrain and heavy snow, avalanche awareness is critically important for anyone venturing beyond the ski area boundaries at Hurricane Ridge,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner. “This program will give winter travelers vital information about how to avoid avalanches and how to self-rescue if they are caught by a snowslide. I encourage all snowboarders, skiers and snowshoers to participate in this workshop.”
The workshop will be led by Niko Weis, a well-known British Columbia-based avalanche professional. Weis works as an avalanche educator and consultant and is currently serving as an alpine safety and design consultant for a new ski resort in the Indian Himalayas.
People who travel outside the developed areas at Hurricane Ridge – including people who snowboard beyond ski area boundaries or ski or snowshoe to Hurricane Hill – should be aware that they are traveling through hazardous avalanche terrain. The workshop will focus on how to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain, including proper equipment and the skills needed for self-rescue.
“Avalanche self-rescue skills are an absolute necessity for travel beyond Hurricane Ridge,” said Laitner.
For more information and directions to the Port Angeles High School library, people should contact Olympic National Park at 360-565-3004.
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