Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Park Newsletter March 21, 2008
Park Prepares for Spring Opening
A massive Pacific storm hit western Washington on December 2 and 3, bringing an onslaught of heavy rain, flooding and windspeeds over 100 miles per hour. Thousands of trees were toppled, rivers flooded, electrical lines went out and on December 3, all park roads were closed, as was the Olympic Peninsula's transportation lifeline, U.S. Highway 101. Read December 4 news release.
Since then, park staff, volunteers and contractors have been clearing logs and debris and repairing flood-damaged roads and campgrounds. Opening dates have now been established for park roads and facilities. Read March 21 news release.
Heavy rain and flooding along the Quinault River took their toll on the South Shore Road.
Note the large rock that juts into river, visible in all three photos.
Emergency repairs to the South Shore Road are nearing completion and will provide access for the upcoming visitor season.
Plans for permanent repairs that will provide more sustainable access are under development and will be described in an environmental assessment to be released later this spring.
The Quinault Loop Road, which includes this newly-rebuilt stretch of the South Shore Road, will reopen on April 1, 2008.
Other roads in the Quinault Valley and around the park are also scheduled to open soon.
Did You Know?
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.