Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Repairs Scheduled for Devils Punchbowl Bridge on Spruce Railroad Trail
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Devils Punchbowl Bridge on the Spruce Railroad Trail along the north shore of Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park will be closed December 3 through 6, while crews replace decking on the bridge, located 1.2 miles from the Lyre River Trailhead. The remainder of the trail will continue to be open during the project.
Scheduled work includes replacement of 90 feet of cedar plank decking on the 32-year-old bridge. This project will complete a series of repairs to restore the bridge to its original capacity and reopen it to stock.
The bridge was closed to stock in October 2011, when cracks were discovered in some of the structural members of the bridge trusses. Repairs were made to the trusses in 2011, but the bridge remained closed to stock pending a structural analysis of the bridge and subsequent repairs.
When replacement of the bridge decking is completed next month, the trail will reopen to stock.
Did You Know?
Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.