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 Seeks Firewood Vendor
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park is seeking persons or groups who are interested in supplying dry firewood for the next two years in several of the park’s campgrounds, including Heart O’the Hills, Altair, Elwha and Deer Park and Mora campground. Two Commercial Use Authorizations (CUAs) will be issued; one will include the four campgrounds in the Port Angeles area while a second will cover the Mora campground.
The selected CUA holders will be required to furnish dry burnable firewood packaged for sale in one cubic foot tied bundles during the time period Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 2008 – 2009. (This year, firewood will be required once the CUAs are finalized.) A schedule showing when wood will be available to the public must be posted at the campgrounds. The CUA holders will provide comprehensive general liability insurance against claims while carrying out the activities and operations of the permit. The CUA can be authorized for up to a two year period.
For more detailed information and to receive a Commercial Use Authorization application, persons should contact the park’s Concessions Specialist Lisa Hilt at (360) 565-3007 or in writing to email@example.com or 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
Applications must be received by Olympic National Park no later than June 30, 2008.
Did You Know?
Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.