Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Changes in Winter Activity Schedule Announced
Budget uncertainties lead to changes in visitor services this winter. More »
Visiting in Winter
There's a lot to see and do at Olympic during the winter. Just make sure to check the weather forecast and come prepared for snow or rain. Conditions can change quickly and what starts as a sunny day can end with hurricane force winds and blizzard conditions!
Hurricane Ridge is the focal point for snow and winter recreation, with opportunities for snowshoeing, cross-country and downhill skiing, snowboarding, and tubing. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Road opens Friday through Sunday during the winter season, but storms or avalanche hazards can lead to road closures at any time. Visit the page on Hurricane Ridge in Winter for detailed information about all the winter wonderland opportunities!
The coastal beaches are also relatively snow-free soon after a snowfall. Whatever the season, walking along the sandy beaches during low tide is a great way to explore the diversity of the intertidal zone.
From snow-blanketed mountains to evergreen forests dripping with rain and ocean beaches pounded by winter storms waves, Olympic in winter is a place of drama and mystery.
Did You Know?
...that one criteria for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.