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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Hurricane Ridge Road Closed to Vehicles Sunday 8/3 (6:00a - noon)

    Due to the "Ride the Hurricane" bicycle event, the road to Hurricane Ridge will be closed above the Heart o' the Hills entrance station from 6:00a to noon on Sunday August 3rd.

Public Reminded that Hurricane Ridge Road Will Close Monday through Thursday, September 15 through October 16

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Date: September 12, 2008
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005

To accommodate the compressed construction timeline and allow timely completion of the Hurricane Ridge Road reconstruction project, the road will be closed to all traffic Monday through Thursday, beginning this Monday, September 15 through Thursday, October 16. The road will remain open Friday through Sunday during this time.

As work continues, updates will be provided and changes to this schedule will be released as soon as possible.

“We do regret inconveniencing any of our visitors, but are committed to completing this project before winter,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. “During the weekday closures at Hurricane Ridge, we encourage people to explore other areas of the park, such as Deer Park, the Elwha and Sol Duc valleys or Lake Crescent.”

Weekend motorists should drive carefully through all construction zones. When construction is underway, motorists may encounter delays of up to 40 – 50 minutes each way. Flaggers and pilot cars will guide motorists through the active construction areas and temporary traffic signs and signals are installed for weekend and evening travel. Bicycles are not permitted on the Hurricane Ridge Road during the construction project.

This $12 million road rehabilitation project is a partnership between the National Park Service, the Federal Highway Administration and local contractor Lakeside Industries. When complete, the Hurricane Ridge Road will be completely resurfaced, along with the Hurricane Ridge parking lot and numerous pullouts and parking areas along the road.

The Hurricane Ridge Road was built in the late 1950s and was last resurfaced in 1979.

For information on visiting Olympic National Park, visitors should check the park’s website call the Olympic National Park Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.

Did You Know?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.