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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »

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    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

large trailer being pulled up snow-covered road by truck

The newly refurbished ticket trailer for the downhill ski area makes its way up the Hurricane Ridge Road.

Mike Danisiewicz

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.

Michael Smithson

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?

Mt. Olympus in winter

That Mount Olympus receives over 200 inches of precipitation each year and most of that falls as snow? At 7,980 feet, Mount Olympus is the highest peak in Olympic National Park and has the third largest glacial system in the contiguous U.S.