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 »
Visitor cited for flight violations in Olympic National Park and Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
A Forks, Washington pilot was contacted and cited by an Olympic National Park Ranger after landing an ultralight aircraft on a beach within the wilderness coast of the park on March 4, 2013.The plane was observed by park employees who were working on the coast and he was contacted at Forks airport by a ranger and cited.
The man said he landed there in order to look at the Japanese dock which washed up on the beach after the tsunami.
The pilot was also given a written warning by a law enforcement officer from the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary for flying below the 2,000 foot flight limit within the Sanctuary.
These regulations are in place for visitor safety and to protect marine mammals and nesting seabirds from disturbance by low flying aircraft and are an important part of protecting wildlife along the coast.
Did You Know?
The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.