Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Dave Reynolds, 360-565-2985
Nearly all Olympic National Park destinations are now open to park visitors, just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer.
“Spring is an ideal time to hike, camp, picnic, sightsee or simply relax in Olympic National Park and we invite people to come out and enjoy their park,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.
Warmer temperatures and longer, drier days bring increased park visitation, along with road construction and repair projects, several of which have been scheduled within Olympic National Park this summer.
The 12.2-mile long section of Highway 101 that skirts the south shore of Lake Crescent is scheduled for pavement repairs during the week of June 1 through 9, from 6:00 a.m. through 6:00 p.m. daily. Travelers should expect delays of up to 15 minutes while the repairs are being completed. Electronic message boards, to be placed along Highway 101 at Laird’s Corner east of the lake and Sappho on the west, will also advise motorists of an optional detour using Highways 112 and 113.
“This project will improve safety and traveler access along Lake Crescent and we ask for people’s patience and understanding during the short-term delays,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin.
Hurricane Ridge Road and Heart O’ the Hills
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, as well as the snack bar and gift shop, are also open.
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is currently open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and will be open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning May 28; the visitor center will also stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29.
The Wilderness Information Center is open daily from 7:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wilderness Information Center will offer expanded hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29.
The Heart O’ the Hills Campground is open year-round.
Sol Duc Valley
Hoh Rain Forest & Forks Information Center
The Park and Forest Information Center in Forks is open Thursday through Monday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. and will be open daily beginning June 18.
Visitors hiking portions of the Pacific coast should check with the Wilderness Information Center for current trail and tide conditions.
The Kalaloch Information Station will be open daily beginning Friday, May 21.
Kalaloch Lodge remains open year-round. South Beach Campground, located just south of Kalaloch, will open May 28.
The Queets Campground is open.
Quinault Rain Forest
Park Trails & Wilderness Information Center
Several feet of snow remains on the ground, beginning at elevations above 3,000 feet. Even at low elevations, hikers are reminded to use caution and be aware of downed trees, trail damage, high and swift creek crossings, and changing weather conditions.
The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will be open extra hours for the holiday weekend on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Last updated: February 28, 2015