Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.
Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats
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Spring Update on Park Roads, Trails and Facilities
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
With spring break poised to begin around western Washington, Olympic National Park welcomes visitors eager to experience the park’s forests, mountains and coastline, even while crews continue storm damage repairs.
“Our park crews have made tremendous progress in repairing roads and cleaning up after the storms of November and December,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Bill Laitner. “But we ask all of our visitors to plan ahead and be prepared for the lingering effects of these storms, including blocked trails, bumpy roads and fallen trees.”
An overview of park roads, campgrounds and trails is provided below.
The North Fork Road was heavily damaged by heavy rain and flooding and reopened in February. The North Fork Campground is scheduled to open by March 30.
Crews are working now to clear and repair the Graves Creek Road. Both this road and the Graves Creek Campground are set to open by March 30.
Many of these roads will remain in rough condition until the road surface dries enough to allow graders to operate.
Kalaloch, Mora, Ozette
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Visitor Center will be open Friday through Sunday beginning on May 1 and will be open daily beginning May 25.
Forks Park and Forest Information Center
Whiskey Bend Road is closed due to washouts and is scheduled to open in mid to late April, once conditions are dry enough to allow crews to operate graders and other equipment.
The Elwha Campground is open; the Altair Campground will open on May 25.
Hurricane Ridge Road and Heart o’the Hills Campground
The Obstruction Point Road is scheduled to open on July 4, snow permitting.
The Heart o’the Hills campground remains closed because of severe wind damage and fallen trees. A date has not yet been set for reopening this campground.
Olympic National Park Visitor Center and Wilderness Information Center
The Wilderness Information Center (WIC) is currently open on an intermittent basis and will open daily beginning April 1. Online wilderness information is available at the park’s website or by calling 360-565-3100.
Deer Park Road
Anyone planning a walk, hike or use stock in the park should check the Olympic National Park website for current trail conditions or call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100. Anyone planning to hike in Olympic this summer should come prepared for the possibility of blowdowns, washouts and rough conditions throughout the park.
Road Condition Updates
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.