• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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 »

Avalanche Safety

Skier headed into potential avalanche terrain.
Cross-country skier headed into avalanche terrain
Bryan Bell, National Park Service
 

The terrain and weather in the Olympic mountains can create ideal conditions for avalanches. Influenced by wind, temperature, snow, rain slope and aspect, the risk of avalanche can vary daily or even hourly.

If you are headed to Hurricane Ridge or elsewhere in the high-country of the Olympics, always check current avalanche forecasts on the Northwest Avalanche Center website. Always check in at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center or Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center for current local conditions.

During the winter of 2007/2008, at least 9 recreationists were killed by avalanches in Washington State. Before you go out, take some time to learn more about avalanches, avalanche safety and rescue.

Have you checked your Avalanche Safety Checklist?

Avalanche Video Resources

 
An avalanche near Hurricane Ridge

An avalanche near Hurricane Ridge

Avalanches like this one can occur in the Hurricane Ridge area. If venturing outside of the designated ski area or parking lot, always check with a ranger or the ski patrol for the latest avalanche warnings and forecasts.
 
Rangers, snow plow drivers, ski patrollers, mountain rescue volunteers analize the snowpack at Hurricane Ridge
Avalanche Training at Hurricane Ridge
Mike Danisiewicz, NPS

Did You Know?

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The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.