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 »
Controlled Blasts Scheduled to Clear Channel Obstruction on Elwha River Within Olympic National Park
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contractor Barnard Construction of Bozeman, Montana is at work this weekend to prepare for a series of controlled blasts early next week near Glines Canyon Dam. These blasts will not affect the dam and will have a minimal effect on sediment release.
Rather, the short series of blasts is designed to decrease the size of several large boulders left by a post-1926 rockfall.Comparisons between 1920s-era data and photos and current conditions reveal that a significant rockfall, possibly associated with dam construction, occurred slightly downstream of the Glines Canyon Dam.Boulders released by the rockfall now pose a barrier to upstream salmon migration.
"We know that the pre-dam river channel through Glines Canyon was clear and free of large obstructions,"said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum."Removing the rockfall debris will restore the pre-dam channel conditions and provide clear passage for returning fish once dam removal is completed next year."
The Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to all public entry beyond the Altair Campground.Additionally, all areas west and downhill of the Whiskey Bend Road are closed to public entry, with the exception of the Upper Lake Mills Trail and upper Lake Mills delta.The Elwha River within the Lake Mills area is closed to all boating.
More information about Elwha River Restoration, including weekly updates, is available at the Olympic National Park website, nps.gov/olym and at facebook/elwhariverrestoration.
Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.