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  • Enchanted Valley Temporarily Closed to Camping September 1-14

    To protect contractor and visitor safety, Enchanted Valley will be temporarily closed to all public camping during the relocation of Enchanted Valley Chalet. Hikers and stock users may continue to travel through the valley, must be escorted by park staff. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Elwha Valley Access Updates

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Date: June 12, 2012

Whiskey Bend Road - Daily Closures June 25 - 29
The Elwha Valley's Whiskey Bend Road will close from 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. daily from Monday, June 25 through Friday, June 29 to allow safe passage for heavy truck traffic hauling material from the Glines Canyon Dam area.

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
Contractors will use a series of controlled blasts to lower the Glines Canyon Dam in July, necessitating a safety-related closure of Altair Campground. The campground will close on the evening of July 1 and will remain closed through the entire month.

"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?

white flower

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.