Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.
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 »
Park Newsletter for January 18, 2008
Hurricane Ridge Visitors Urged to Carpool
With limited parking at Hurricane Ridge and sunny weather predicted for at least part of this weekend, Hurricane Ridge snow-seekers are urged to carpool.
Last weekend, the Hurricane Ridge Road closed several times to uphill traffic because the parking lot was completely full. In addition to ride-sharing, drivers are asked to the best use of parking spaces by parking close to other vehicles even before the parking lot becomes crowded.
When the parking lot fills, vehicles are stopped at the Heart o’the Hills entrance station; once parking spaces become available, vehicles are once again permitted to travel to the Ridge. As these closures may sometimes last over an hour, ski school and snow shoe walk participants are urged to get an early start and carpool.
More on Hurricane Ridge in winter.
Employee Recognized for 30 Years
Michael Smithson, Olympic's Chief of Resource Education, was recently honored for 30 years of service to the National Park Service.
Smithson has worked at Olympic National Park since 1988. Prior to that, he worked at Rocky Mountain National Park. He has held a total of seven positions in the two parks and is widely known and respected for his deep love of parks and people, his creative approach to education and his sense of humor.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, Olympic National Park will present “A New Time, A New Voice”, a 30-minute video program about Dr. King.
The program will be shown at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, January 19, 20 and 21. Additional viewings will be available on request.
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.