• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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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 »

Park Newsletter for August 17, 2007

river flowing among boulders

Removal of two dams will restore the Elwha River to a natural free-flowing state.  This section of the river is located between the dams.

Scott Church

Elwha Restoration News

A presolicitation notice for construction of the Elwha Water Facilities was posted on August 16 at the federal business opportunities website.

This is the second major Elwha restoration project contract to be announced this year. Both contracts involve construction of water quality protection facilities that must be completed before dam removal can begin. Construction of the Port Angeles Water Treatment Plant will begin this October, with additional projects to begin later in the year.

More on Elwha construction contracts.

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Volunteers to be Honored

Olympic's volunteers are to be recognized at the park's annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch on Wednesday, August 22.

Park staff will prepare and serve a special potluck lunch for this year's volunteers.

So far this year, volunteers have donated nearly 40,000 hours to Olympic National Park and its visitors. Volunteers serve in a variety of capacities, from helping wilderness visitors and monitoring and maintaining trails to staffing visitor center desks, presenting education programs and providing administrative support.

All 2007 Olympic National Park volunteers are invited to attend. For more information about the lunch, please contact Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Tyler at 360-565-3141.

person taking picture in mountain meadow

A photographer takes advantage of a flower-filled meadow on Hurricane Ridge.

Maggie Tyler -- NPS Photo

Explore Your Park

Even on cloudy days, Olympic's high country meadows offer a profusion of wildflowers and photo opportunities. Here, white American bistort flowers wave above the green of grass and sedge.

Want to see what it's like before you head out? Check our webcam page.

Did You Know?

white flower

Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.