Hurricane Ridge Winter Season
Heavy snow, white-outs and high avalanche danger kept the road closed for eight of the 16 scheduled open days over winter break. But dryer, and sometimes warmer, weather has prevailed since then and road has been open every weekend since New Year's, giving people a chance to enjoy the warmer temperatures.
An inversion in mid-January led to Hurricane Ridge reaching temperatures as high as 57 degrees under clear skies, while Port Angeles remained cloaked in fog and over 15 degrees colder!
While a January thaw may have its good points, most winter visitors would agree that some new snow would be welcome now. Icy (and sometimes slushy) conditions have made skiing and snowshoeing more challenging in recent weeks and have led to closure of the tubing & sliding hill.
Overall, the road has been open 74% of its scheduled open days this winter. Rangers report that the safety margin created by the new tire chain requirement has allowed the road to remain open longer, even in stormy conditions. Check what's happening at Hurricane Ridge today by visiting the Hurricane Ridge current conditions page or by calling 360-565-3131.
Fisher Restoration Continues
About the size of a cat, and related to minks and otters, fishers vanished from Washington State decades ago because of over-trapping, and habitat loss and fragmentation.
Over the duration of this three-year project, a total of approximately 100 fishers will be released within the park. One additional release in 2009 is planned for later this winter.
Each fisher is fitted with a tiny radio transmitter before release so that researchers can monitor their movements and survival. More information, including monthly updates from the monitoring effort, is available online.
This project is possible through a partnership of agencies and organizations, with project management provided jointly by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and Olympic National Park. The U.S. Geological Survey, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Olympic National Park are leading a research program, including monitoring, to evaluate the success of the reintroduction. Other partners and cooperators are providing financial or logistical support for management and research tasks.
Elwha Restoration Online
Additional pages are still under construction, so check back often to see what's new!
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Last updated: February 28, 2015