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  • Roadway Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays

    Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) between Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 due to routine maintenance to clean roadway drainage ditches.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »

Upper Queets Valley Reopens Via Alternative Route

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Date: May 9, 2008
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?

snow covered forest and meadow

That endemic Olympic snow moles are scurrying beneath this blanket of snow? Olympic National Park's Hurricane Ridge is blanketed with over ten feet of snow for most of the winter, providing water for summer and protection for snow moles in winter.