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 »
Climbing Mount Olympus
Ecosystem type: Glacier, Alpine
Permits/Reservations: Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight trips. Obtain permits in person at the WIC in Port Angeles or at the Hoh Visitor Center. Reservations should be made for parties of 7-12 persons and for groups with stock animals. Reservations can also be made for Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Hoh Lake and the 7 Lakes Basin Area. All other sites are first come, first served.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations.
In early season several steep snow slopes exist along this trail. An ice axe and crampons may be required for much of the spring and early summer. It may also be difficult to follow sections of trail due to snow. Map and compass skills may also be required during winter, spring and early summer.
During Winter months, travel above Elk Lake is not recommended due to steep avalanche chutes. Ropes and anchors may be necessary to cross these safety.
Climbing Mt. Olympus should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers who have glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills and gear.
Did You Know?
Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.