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 »
Upper Queets Valley Reopens Via Alternative Route
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Access into the upper Queets Valley will reopen this afternoon, Friday May 9, via U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) roads.
The lower Queets Valley is still accessible via the Queets Road, which leads approximately six miles to Matheny Creek.
The Queets Valley above Matheny Creek is accessible via the alternative route. Both access routes are clearly marked at their intersections with Highway 101.
The Queets Road closed to traffic in March 2005, when a rock slide undercut the road bed, rendering it unsafe for vehicles. In January 2006, an even larger slide at the same site completely wiped out 150 feet of the road, leaving a 200-foot deep chasm and closing the area to pedestrian traffic as well.
An environmental assessment, completed in spring 2007, examined the effects of establishing an alternative route using existing USFS and DNR roads.
Over the past year, park crews have made a number of improvements to the alternative access route, including installing a bridge, installing signs, and clearing, grading and resurfacing the roads. Although slowed by the past two winter's severe storm damage, these repairs are now complete and access is restored to the upper Queets Valley.
The Queets Campground will re-open on May 16.
Did You Know?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.