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 December 7, 2007
Damage Assessments in Progress After Storm Hits on December 3
Hurricane Ridge Road
The Sol Duc Road is closed due to a mudslide about a half-mile south of Salmon Cascades, along with downed trees.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Elwha, Lake Crescent, Mora and Ozette areas have reopened, but visitors are urged to use caution when traveling through the park and to come prepared for a variety of weather conditions, along with damaged trails and downed trees.
Once damage assessments are complete, volunteer opportunities will be posted at the park’s volunteer webpage. Groups and individuals interested in volunteering to help the park with storm recovery are urged to check there for current information.
Avalanche Awareness Program Set for December 14 at Port Angeles High School Library
A free avalanche awareness workshop will be held on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at the Port Angeles High School library. The program is open to the public and is cosponsored by Olympic National Park, Olympic Mountain Rescue and the Port Angeles Winter Sports Club (a Port Angeles High School-based organization).
People who travel outside the developed areas at Hurricane Ridge – including people who snowboard beyond ski area boundaries or ski or snowshoe to Hurricane Hill – should be aware that they are traveling through hazardous avalanche terrain. The workshop will focus on how to prepare for traveling in avalanche terrain, including proper equipment and the skills needed for self-rescue.
The workshop will be led by Niko Weis, a well-known British Columbia-based avalanche professional. Weis works as an avalanche educator and consultant and is currently serving as an alpine safety and design consultant for a new ski resort in the Indian Himalayas.
Olympic National Park Ornament Displayed on White House Christmas Tree
An Olympic National Park ornament is prominently displayed on this year’s official White House Christmas Tree. The tree is the centerpiece of elaborate decorations celebrating the theme of “Holiday in the National Parks.”
The tree is adorned with 347 handmade ornaments representing the country’s 391 National Park Service sites.
The Olympic National Park ornament was hand-painted by the park’s Landscape Architect Jack Galloway, using a rich palette of greens and blues to depict the park’s diverse features. Coastline, deep forests and glacier-capped peaks form the backdrop, while salmon swim in the rivers and ocean, elk browse in subalpine meadows and a tribal canoe travels along the coast.
Jack and his wife Anna Manildi attended a White House reception hosted by First Lady Laura Bush on Wednesday, along with designers of many of the other 347 national park ornaments that adorn the White House Christmas Tree.
More info and photos from the Peninsula Daily News.
Did You Know?
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.