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.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
Winter Activities at Hurricane Ridge
Guided Snowshoe Walks
A suggested $5 donation from each participant helps the park continue the program and maintain snowshoes.
Organized groups such as youth or school groups must make advance reservations for snowshoe walks. Group walks are scheduled Saturdays, Sundays and Monday holidays at 10:30 a.m. for groups holding reservations. Group leaders must call Olympic National Park at 360-565-3136 for reservations or more information.
Cross-country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Downhill Ski and Snowboard Area
Sledding for Children 8 Years and Younger
If conditions are too icy to allow safe sliding at the Small Children's Snowplay area, that area will be closed. For the safety of all sledders, wooden toboggans and sleds with metal or hard plastic runners are not permitted.
The Sunrise Snowplay area was closed in 2009 due to hazards associated with the site, including:
Overnight Wilderness Camping
Overnight wilderness camping is permitted in the Hurricane Ridge area with advance registration. Winter camps must be at least one-half mile from the Hurricane Ridge parking area. Overnight parking is not permitted at Hurricane Ridge; parking and shuttle options are explained at the time of registration. More information is available by calling the park's Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 or the Olympic National Park Visitor Center at 360-565-3130.
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.