• Olympic: Three Parks in One


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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 November 23, 2007

family in raincoats walking through woods

Olympic invites exploration even during the rainy days of November.

Visitation Update

Olympic National Park has recorded nearly 3.5 million park visits so far this year, a ten percent increase over this time last year.

Although the late fall and winter months are commonly regarded as the 'off-season', Olympic continues to offer a myriad of possibilities for exploration and enjoyment. Low elevation destinations usually stay snow free, while the Hurricane Ridge Road -- weather permitting -- provides access to snow-covered meadows and subalpine forests.

group of people walking through parking lot

Park Hosts Chinese Delegation

Olympic was one of three U.S. national parks recently visited by a delegation of government and non-governmental officials from China's Yunnan Province. The group visited Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Olympic, with the goal of gathering insights and information to further China's system of national parks.

At Olympic, the group had question and answer sessions with Superintendent Bill Laitner and other senior staff, visited the Elwha dam and toured Olympic Park Institute.

Learn more about how the National Park Service supports and benefits from working with other countries' park systems.

electrical power pole on ground

High winds on November 12 felled power poles in Elwha Valley's Glines Canyon.

Bureau of Reclamation Photo

Many Hands Restore Elwha Power Lines

The winds of November 12 -- gusting as high as 123 miles an hour at the Glines Canyon dam -- damaged numerous power poles and resulted in nine line breaks along the stretch of electrical line between the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, under an agreement with the National Park Service, operates the two dams and manages the associated power lines. In the aftermath of the storm, the Bureau turned to the local Public Utility District (PUD) and the City of Port Angeles for help in repairing the downed lines and poles, while park crews took care of clearing debris and fallen trees. The Bureau's Elwha Program Coordinator expressed his gratitude for the assistance provided by the City, PUD and park.

Both the Glines Canyon and Elwha dams are slated for removal as part of the Elwha Restoration Project. Dam removal will begin after water quality protection facilities are completed.

Did You Know?

Mossy trees in the Hoh Rainforest

...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.