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 »
Trail Users Cautioned as Trucks Expected on Olympic Discovery Trail between Kacee Way and Elwha River
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Veolia Water North America, the contractor operating and maintaining the Elwha Water Treatment Plant (EWTP,) will use the Milwaukee Grade access road to haul sediment material off-site, beginning May 13 and continuing intermittently throughout the summer.
Use of this route, for this purpose, will be Monday through Friday, and between the hours of 7am and 5pm.Other truck traffic associated with the Elwha Water Facilities (EWF) has been ongoing and will continue as long as the Elwha Water Treatment Plant (part of the EWF) is in use. The terms of this use are defined in a 2007 Memorandum of Understanding between Clallam County and the National Park Service.
The EWTP is a component of the Elwha Water Facilities (EWF,) one of several mitigation projects built to protect Elwha River water users from impacts associated with high sediment flows related to removing two dams on the Elwha River.
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.