• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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  • 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 »

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September 12, 2014
Three Chinook Spotted Above Glines Canyon; First Salmon Return to the Upper Elwha in 102 Years
Two Olympic National Park fisheries staff conducted a snorkel survey of the Elwha River above the old Glines Canyon dam site and found three adult Chinook salmon, all between 30 and 36 inches long, in the former Lake Mills, between Windy Arm and Glines Canyon.

September 09, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet Moved Away from Eroding East Fork Quinault River Bank
Work to lift the chalet off its foundation began on Saturday and continued on Sunday. By Sunday afternoon, the chalet was moved an initial eight feet east of its original location and away from the eroding bank of the East Fork Quinault River.

September 05, 2014
Bull Trout Swim Past Glines Canyon; Migratory Fish Return to Upper Elwha River for the First Time in Over a Century
Fisheries biologists have confirmed that two radio tagged bull trout have migrated through Glines Canyon and are now upstream of the former Lake Mills in Rica Canyon.

August 28, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to be Relocated to Protect Quinault River: Enchanted Valley closed to camping September 1-14
Work to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park to protect the East Fork Quinault River is scheduled to begin Monday, September 1.

August 18, 2014
Rabies Detected in Bat at Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park
A 59-year old Port Angeles area man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park on August 12.

August 15, 2014
Biologists to Conduct Annual Elk Census in Olympic National Park
Biologists will begin a population census of Roosevelt elk in Olympic National Park on Sunday, August 17.

August 14, 2014
National Park Service Awards Contract for Temporary Relocation of the Enchanted Valley Chalet; Relocation will Protect Quinault River
A contract to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet was awarded yesterday to Monroe House Moving, Inc. of Sequim, Washington.

August 13, 2014
Ranger-Guided Elwha River Walks to Begin on Former Lake Aldwell
Beginning Tuesday, August 19, Olympic National Park rangers will lead guided interpretive walks along the Elwha River where Lake Aldwell once existed. This free program will be offered on Tuesdays and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. through September 2.

July 30, 2014
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5: Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to East of Devil’s Punchbowl
Spruce Railroad Trail (SRRT) along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed from the Lyre River Trailhead to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl beginning Tuesday, August 5.

July 21, 2014
Public Participation Invited in Development of Mountain Goat Management Plan
New plan to consider non-native goats’ effects on natural processes and habitats, and visitor safety.

March 20, 2014
Dynamic Quinault River Continues to Shift Course, Threaten Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet
Public Invited to Share Photos and Stories from Chalet’s History

March 11, 2014
Public Invited to Review Next Steps in Draft Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan
The National Park Service has released a range of preliminary draft alternatives for the Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan.

March 10, 2014
New Online Film Documents Climate Change Research in Olympic National Park
Olympic National Park is pleased to announce the release of a new Science Minute Movie by the North Coast and Cascades Science Learning Network (NCCSLN).

March 03, 2014
Tourism to Olympic National Park Creates $220 Million in Economic Benefit; Report shows visitor spending supports 2,700 jobs in local economy
A new National Park Service report shows that 2,824,908 visitors to Olympic in 2012 spent $220 million in communities near the park.

March 03, 2014
Olympic National Park Seeks Volunteers for 2014 ‘Citizen-Science’ Marmot Monitoring Program
Olympic National Park is now accepting volunteer applications for the Olympic Marmot Monitoring Program 2014 survey season.

February 26, 2014
Olympic National Park Proposes Minor Changes to Recreation Fishing Regulations; Public Comment Invited
The public is invited to review proposed changes to recreational fishing regulations within the park.

January 17, 2014
Enchanted Valley Chalet Threatened
Historic Enchanted Valley Chalet Threatened by Changing River Course; Park Assessing Options

November 21, 2013
Winter Services Announced for 2013-14
Winter offers a wide variety of opportunities for visitors to Olympic National Park.

November 20, 2013
Repairs Scheduled for Devils Punchbowl Bridge on Spruce Railroad Trail
Devils Punchbowl Bridge on the Spruce Railroad Trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed December 3 through 6, while crews replace decking on the bridge, located 1.2 miles from the Lyre River Trailhead

November 15, 2013
Work Scheduled along Hurricane Ridge Road: Minor Delays Anticipated
Motorists traveling on Hurricane Ridge Road may encounter delays of up to 15 minutes as park crews install 700 feet of conduit between Hills Entrance Station and the road gate beginning Tuesday, November 19. Work is expected to be completed by Thanksgiving.

October 17, 2013
Olympic National Park Welcomes Visitors to Enjoy Fall in the Park!
With relief and enthusiasm, Olympic National Park staff is returning to work this morning and reopening the park to visitors. All park roads, trails and facilities normally scheduled to be open at this time of year are being reopened as quickly as possible; all will be open by 4:00 p.m. today.

September 30, 2013
Finding Their Way: Survey reveals Elwha River Chinook are readily colonizing new habitats below Glines Canyon Dam in Olympic National Park
Two years after dam removal began, thousands of Chinook salmon have returned to the Elwha River and found their way into newly accessible stretches of the river and its tributaries to spawn.

September 20, 2013
Controlled Blasts Scheduled to Clear Channel Obstruction on Elwha River Within Olympic National Park
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.

August 08, 2012
Vanishing Elwha Reservoirs Reveal Long-Buried Sites
As the two Elwha River reservoirs slowly disappear as the dams are removed, cultural sites re-emerge.

December 15, 2011
December Fish Runs Wind Down on Elwha; Dam Demolition to Begin Again December 19
Contractor to begin dam demolition work on Monday, December 19.

August 27, 2010
Contractor Selected for Elwha Dam Removal
Removal of Two Dams and Restoration of the Olympic Peninsula’s Elwha River Will Begin Next Year

Did You Know?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.