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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.

  • 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 »

Obstruction Point Road Fully Open

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Date: July 26, 2012

Obstruction Point Road to Fully Open This Weekend

Obstruction Point Road will be fully open to public access on Friday, July 27. Road crews are nearly finished clearing snow and grading the road surface between Waterhole and the road's terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead.

Snowdrifts up to six feet in height had delayed the road's scheduled mid-July opening. The first three miles of road were re-opened for the summer season on July 13.

Obstruction Point Road is Olympic National Park's highest elevation road, leading from Hurricane Ridge (5,242 feet above sea level) approximately eight miles east to Obstruction Point at 6,150 feet.It is typically open mid-July through mid-October, depending on snow and weather conditions.

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.

Did You Know?

marmot

Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.