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Graves Creek Road Reopening After Bridge Repair Closure

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Date: May 25, 2023

Contact: Public Affairs Office, e-mail us; 360-565-3005 

Quinault, WA – Upon completion of the first stage of bridge repairs along Graves Creek Road, the area will reopen on May 26th. This includes Graves Creek Campground and the East Fork Quinault Trail to Enchanted Valley. The “Pony Bridge” replacement project is ongoing and there will be another short closure of Graves Creek Road in August to finalize repairs.  

Park scientists have encountered numerous bears in this area. Visitors travelling to Enchanted Valley should be prepared for bear encounters, including bears that may be habituated to humans. Bears have also been observed near the North Fork Quinault Campground and along the Irely Creek Trail.   

While observing wildlife safety guidelines is always important, with the high level of bear activity this spring, proper food storage is vital. Bear canisters are required for anyone camping at Enchanted Valley. Bear canisters can be loaned to anyone with a Wilderness Permit. They can be obtained from the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles or the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station. In addition to proper food storage, visitors are highly encouraged to refresh their wildlife safety by visiting our webpage: Wildlife Safety - Olympic National Park.  

All backpackers must have a Wilderness Permit to stay overnight in the backcountry. Those can be obtained online at or in-person at the Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles or the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station on North Shore Road in Quinault. 

As the “Pony Bridge” replacement project continues, hikers can expect short delays as crews allow hikers to pass over the bridge. Please be respectful of the crews and wait for their directions before entering the project area.  

Graves Creek is located in the Quinault area of the park: Quinault Area Brochure. 

More information on backpacking in the park can be found here: Wilderness. 

Last updated: May 25, 2023

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