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 »
What's New at Olympic
Winter is a great time to visit Olympic National Park. The summer crowds are gone and recreational opportunities are numerous.
Hurricane Ridge showcases one of the many diverse facets of winter on the Olympic Peninsula. Typically snow-covered in the winter, Hurricane Ridge provides high mountain recreational opportunities, including cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, and snow play.
Ranger-guided snowshoe walks begin December 15. Additional information about Hurricane Ridge in winter is available HERE.
The coastal beaches are also relatively snow-free. Whatever the season, walking along the sandy beaches during low tide is a great way to explore the diversity of the intertidal zone.
More information on winter recreation is available in the park's newspaper, The Bugler.
Spawning coho salmon are in Taft Creek, a tributary of the Hoh River and a prime viewing area near the Hoh Visitor Center. Salmon are also spawning in the Quinault area, and this is usually a great time to view bald eagles feeding on fish.
Winter storms are definitely a sight to see on the coast, but be careful of dangerous drift logs shifting in the surf, and high tides cutting off access points.
Elwha River Restoration
What's New Online
Did You Know?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.