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.
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 »
Olympic National Park’s Obstruction Point Road to Close September 23 for Resurfacing; Weekend Non-Motorized Access Permitted
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Olympic National Park's eight-mile Obstruction Point Road will close for the season on Monday, September 23 to allow the park road crew to complete a major resurfacing and repair project before fall rains arrive.
"We ask for the public's patience and understanding as our crews perform this critical preventative maintenance project," said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum."While we recognize that this early fall closure may create an inconvenience for some visitors, it's been many years since we last resurfaced this road and we must focus on long-term access to Obstruction Point."
The project will include hauling and placing about 600 tons (or 60 dump truck loads) of gravel to restore the road.This process is then followed by grading and compaction of the new road surface using a motor grader and compaction rollers.All work will be done by the Olympic National Park road crew.
The project will also include maintenance and improvement of drainage features along the road to prevent erosion damage to the Obstruction Point Road.
The narrowness of the road, coupled with dump truck and heavy equipment traffic necessitates a full road closure while work is underway.
The road will open to non-motorized traffic only from Friday through Sunday, as well as the Columbus Day holiday, Monday October 14, when crews and equipment are not working.
The Deer Park Road will remain open through mid-October, weather permitting.
Current road information is available by calling Olympic National Park's recorded information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm.
Did You Know?
Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.