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 Search Ozette Area for Overdue Day Hiker
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
The search for overdue hiker Bryan Lee Johnston, 71 years old, continued for a third day in the Ozette area of Olympic National Park, but failed to reveal any clues.
Johnston left his home in Seattle and traveled to the Olympic Peninsula on Thursday, August 22. Before leaving home, he spoke of plans to day hike on the Ozette Loop Trail and mentioned his intention to return home in several days. Further details of his plans are not known.Family members reported Johnston overdue on Wednesday, August 28.
Rangers immediately began a hasty search for Johnston and and located his truck in the Ozette Ranger station parking lot early Wednesday, shortly after receiving the report.Ground searchers and a helicopter were involved in the effort on Wedneday, with additional ground searchers, boat searchers and two search dog teams added on Thursday.
Today, five teams of ground searchers and three dog teams from Pierce County Search and Rescue continued the intensive search for any clues or indications of Johnston's plans or location.
While searchers have concentrated their efforts in the area of the popular nine-mile Ozette – Cape Alava – Sand Point – Ozette triangle hike, they have also searched the park's Pacific Coast from Shi Shi Beach south to Norwegian Memorial.The Lake Ozette shoreline, along with nearby roads and trails, has also been thoroughly searched.
Anyone with clues or information regarding Johnston's whereabouts is asked to call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3120.
Johnston has white hair in a ponytail and blue eyes and is 5'10" tall. Family members describe him as active and physically fit. He is believed to have been wearing blue jeans and carrying a black day pack.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects the largest unmanaged herd of Roosevelt elk in the world. Olympic was almost named "Elk National Park" and was established in part to protect these stately animals.