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 »
Rangers Respond to Two Visitor Fatalities
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Olympic National Park rangers responded to two unrelated incidents involving visitor deaths yesterday, Saturday July 20.
At 7:45 a.m. on Saturday, the Olympic National Park dispatch office was notified that a climber on Mount Olympus had fallen a considerable distance and appeared to be seriously injured.A short time later, park staff received word that other climbers, including a paramedic, had reached the injured party and confirmed that he was deceased.
The deceased climber is identified as 27-year old Richard "Grey" Liston of Portland.He was on the east face of the summit peak of Mount Olympus, climbing with one companion at the time of his fall.The fall was witnessed by members of another climbing group who were on the mountain at the time. Additional information will be released as it becomes available.
Rangers were flown via helicopter to Snow Dome on Mount Olympus late yesterday afternoon; Liston's remains were airlifted to Port Angeles at about 8:00 p.m. last night.
In a separate incident late early yesterday evening, Philip Q. Ramirez, a 53-year old Renton man, suffered an apparent heart attack while fishing on the beach at Kalaloch.Park staff responded and provided CPR and emergency medical care, but Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene at approximately 7:30 p.m. by a Forks ambulance paramedic.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.