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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 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?

star-shaped purple flowers growing in a crack of a rock

That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.