Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha Valley Access Updates
Whiskey Bend Road - Daily Closures June 25 - 29
The road will reopen each day at 5:30 p.m. and will remain open overnight to allow trailhead access before closing again at 7:00 a.m.
Altair Campground to Close July 2 - July 31
"Dam removal contractor Barnard Construction will be working steadily throughout the month of July to lower Glines Canyon Dam," said Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent Todd Suess. "With the rest of the summer work season restricted by 'fish windows', Barnard needs to maximize their efforts throughout July."
Controlled blasting will result in more a sudden water release than the hydraulic hammer previously used to remove Glines Canyon Dam. "While we regret the inconvenience to our visitors, safety concerns dictate that we must close Altair Campground for the month of July," explained Suess.
Visitors are reminded that the Glines Canyon Dam and the former Elwha Dam site are still active construction areas and are closed to all public entry.
Did You Know?
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.