Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
While park crews have opened many park areas and continue to clear storm damage and prepare for the summer season, late season, low elevation snowfall has resulted in several delays.
“Crews are working hard to open the park as quickly as possible, but the weather this spring has been a challenge, said Acting Superintendent Sue McGill. “Snow has fallen not only at the upper elevations, but also in the valleys, making road work difficult and delaying several openings.”
New and updated information for several park destinations is shown below.
The Queets campground and nearby boat launch are scheduled to open on May 16.
Sol Duc Valley
The Sol Duc Road is open as far as the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort; the resort is open.
Hurricane Ridge Road
There are currently 133 inches of snow at Hurricane Ridge; 132 percent of the average depth for this time of year.
Winter conditions can prevail even in spring however, and the road may close at any time because of heavy snow, avalanche danger or high winds.
Visitors should call the park’s road and weather hotline at (360) 565-3131 for current Hurricane Ridge Road conditions.
The Heart O’the Hills campground is open for the season.
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is open Thursday through Monday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; the visitor center will be open daily for the summer season beginning on May 1.
All other areas are still scheduled to open as previously announced. They are listed below.
Quinault Rain Forest
The Quinault Valley’s North Fork Road remains closed to all public entry, including foot and bicycle access, but is scheduled to reopen on April 25. The North Fork Campground will open on May 16.
The Graves Creek Road will open to foot, stock and bicycle use only on April 25. The Graves Creek campground will also open on April 25; no potable water will be available. The road will remain closed to vehicle use throughout the 2008 visitor season.
Hoh Rain Forest & Forks Information Center
The Park and Forest Information Center in Forks is also open Friday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Deer Park Road
Park Trails & Wilderness Information Center
The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning March 29. Visitors are urged to stop by or call the WIC at 360-565-3100 for current trail reports, spring hiking safety tips and trip planning suggestions.
Last updated: February 28, 2015