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Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005
PORT ANGELES, WA – In commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and in concert with all National Park Service sites that charge entrance fees, Olympic National Park will offer free entry on Monday, January 15.
The Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to be open for the holiday on Monday in addition to its normally scheduled days of Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Weather permitting, the road is scheduled to open at 9:00 a.m. and close to uphill traffic at 4:00 p.m. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains. Hurricane Ridge is subject to high winds and heavy snow during the winter and the road’s opening is always dependent on current road and weather conditions.
Parking is limited and the Hurricane Ridge parking lot often fills early, causing long delays at the Heart O’ the Hills entrance station. Visitors are encouraged to arrive early and carpool.
For up to date information about road opening times and conditions, please call the recorded Road & Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131 or follow @HRWinterAccess on Twitter.
Most park areas, including Lake Crescent, all park beaches and the Quinault, Queets and Hoh Rain Forests are open. The Elwha Olympic Hot Springs Road remains closed to vehicle access due to flood damage and the Staircase area is closed to vehicle access due to a washout just outside the park boundary. Deer Park Road and Sol Duc Road are closed for the season.
For more information about visiting Olympic National Park, please visit the park website at www.nps.gov/olym.
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