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.
Motorists Advised to Expect Minor Delays Starting August 8 on Sol Duc Road
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-457-0715
Visitors to Olympic National Park’s Sol Duc Valley should expect one-lane traffic and delays of up to 20 minutes beginning Monday, August 8.
Anderson Environmental of Kelso, Wash. is the contractor for the Sol Duc Road repair project. Preparatory work began July 18, and traffic delays are expected while the contractor works to repair slumping of the road between Mileposts 5 and 9.
Beginning August 10, the Clallam County Public Utility District will install electrical conduit and manholes. Power outages will occur August 10 – 12 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, Sol Duc campground and Eagle Ranger Station.
Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park’s information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.
Obstruction Point Road to
Re-Open This Weekend
Drivers should use caution when operating their vehicles along the road’s soft shoulder areas.
Snowdrifts up to six feet in height had delayed the road’s scheduled July 1 opening. The first three miles of road were re-opened for the summer season on July 15.
One-Hour Delays Expected Along
Upper Hoh Road for County Bridge Repair
Access Now Closed to Elwha and
Glines Canyon Dams
Olympic Hot Springs Road was gated at a point just beyond Altair campground on August 1, so that Barnard can prepare the Glines Canyon Dam area for dam removal, which starts in mid-September. There is no access to the Olympic Hot Springs from the Elwha Valley. Access to other areas in the Elwha Valley, including Madison Falls, Elwha and Altair campgrounds and the Elwha Ranger Station remains open.
Both closures are necessary to ensure public safety through the dam removal phase of the Elwha River Restoration project and to allow the contractor to perform their work safely and efficiently.
Did You Know?
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.