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 »
Public Invited to Enjoy Olympic National Park on National Public Lands Day, Saturday September 29; Entrance Fees to be Waived
In celebration of National Public Lands Day, Olympic National Park, along with other National Park Service areas and federal land agencies, will waive entrance fees for all visitors next Saturday, September 29.Other park fees, including wilderness camping and campground fees, will remain in effect.
"Our public lands protect and preserve our most treasured and significant places for the American people," said Acting Superintendent Todd Suess."National Public Lands Day is the perfect opportunity to help care for the land or take time to experience the beauty and wonder of these amazing places. We invite visitors and neighbors to come enjoy the park this Saturday"
Celebration of National Public Lands Day includes the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance public lands. This year more than 170,000 volunteers are expected to participate in restoration projects at more than 2,100 sites across the country.
Like many national parks, Olympic National Park will sponsor a volunteer project on National Public Lands Day.Olympic National Park, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and CoastSavers will host a coastal clean-up event on Saturday, September 29.The clean-up effort will focus on the three-mile long Cape Alava to Sand Point shoreline.
Space is limited and advance registration is required for this clean-up.Volunteers must register online at the CoastSavers website, www.coastsavers.org.For more information about the clean-up, please call the park's Volunteer Office at 360-565-3141.
Additionally, activities are scheduled throughout the day at locations around the park, including Elwha Discovery Walks at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., a Hall of Mosses Walk at the Hoh Rain Forest at 2:00 p.m., a Terrace Talk at Hurricane Ridge at 11:00 a.m., and a one hour guided walk at Hurricane Ridge at 2:00 p.m.
Additional information about these activities and things to do in the park is available at the Olympic National Park website at http://www.nps.gov/olym.
Did You Know?
Although related to other marmots and groundhogs of North America, the Olympic marmot is unique. An endemic species, it is found only in the Olympic Mountains. Visitors to the high country of Olympic National Park may be lucky enough to encounter a marmot sunning itself near its burrow.