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 September 12, 2008
NPS Photo by Jon Preston
Roosevelt Elk Causing Insomnia for Hoh Campers!
Resident bull elk have begun to bugle through the evening hours. “I heard them bugle a least a dozen times last night” said visitor Bob Worton of Madison, Wisconsin.
Visitors are reminded to stay at least 100 feet from elk when observing, or photographing them.
The Hoh Rain Forest campground is known as one of the premier places in Washington State for elk watching. Viewing is especially good during the mating season which usually takes place during the weeks of September into October.
Weekday Closure of Hurricane Ridge Road to Begin Monday
The weekday closures will facilitate the compressed timeline of the reconstruction project.
The Hoh's Hall of Mosses trail is an excellent place to look for these fish -- when there, make sure to check the creek beneath the trail bridges for these small, but beautiful young fish.
Salmon play an important role in Olympic's ecosystem -- their presence provides a source of prey and nutrients to over 137 species of animals.
Twilight Comes to the Hoh Rain Forest
The Twilight series, by author Stephenie Meyer, is set in Forks and tells the story of a high school (human) girl who falls in love with a handsome vampire. In recent months, the Forks Chamber of Commerce has reported a huge surge in visitation as book fans come to see the "real thing".
Preston reports that over 600 Twilighters converged on the Hoh today, one day before Forks celebrates Stephenie Meyer Day.
Did You Know?
...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.