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 May 23, 2008
Memorial Day Weekend
Most low elevation trails are open and have been cleared of downed trees. But even at low elevations, hikers are urged to use caution and to be prepared for downed trees, areas of trail damage, and high, swift creek crossings, along with changeable weather conditions.
Campground Firewood Vendors Sought
Michael Smithson to Retire
Michael started his career at Rocky Mountain National Park in 1978 and became a ranger-naturalist there in 1981. He started interpretive horse patrols, roamed many park trails on horseback and was the first paralyzed individual to climb the 14,255’ Longs Peak.
Michael and his family moved to Olympic National Park in 1988 when he accepted the position of Assistant Chief Naturalist. In 1994, he became the park's Chief of Resource Education, a position he has held since.
In his time at Olympic, Michael has worked tirelessly to serve park visitors. Quick to embrace new ways of teaching and involving visitors, Michael spearheaded the development of many new programs, exhibits and publications.
Michael was the 2004 recipient of the National Park Service's Sequoia Award, which recognizes individuals whose efforts have had a sustained, positive impact on the profession of interpretation.
Michael is looking forward to having more time to explore the park and work with his hands -- illustrating, carving and making music.
Always a champion of interpretation, park visitors and his staff, Michael will be deeply missed.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.