Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Late low-elevation snowfall continues to complicate spring road and facility openings at Olympic National Park, although many areas are already open.
A summary of park facilities follows.
Quinault Rain Forest
The Graves Creek Road also opened on April 25, but for foot, stock and bicycle use only. The Graves Creek campground is also open; no potable water is available. The road will remain closed to vehicle use throughout the 2008 visitor season.
Access to the Upper Queets area is now scheduled to open on Friday, May 9.
The Queets campground and nearby boat launch are still scheduled to open on May 16.
Hurricane Ridge Area
The road is currently scheduled to be open Friday through Sunday through this Sunday, May 4. Weather permitting, the road will open daily for the summer season (24 hours a day) on May 5. Winter weather remains a significant factor however, with nine new inches of snow recorded overnight at Hurricane Ridge and 129 inches on the ground.
Effective Monday, May 5 and continuing through mid-October, bicycles will be prohibited from using all sections of the road above the Heart O’ the Hills campground.
Motorists should expect up to four miles of unpaved roadway during this time. On weekdays, delays of up to 30 minutes each way should be expected. Weekend work is not scheduled at this time, but may be added at any time if needed. Excavation beneath the road bed will begin during this time, allowing for installation of new sub-grade culverts and improved drainage under the road.
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., beginning this Thursday, May 1. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will be open and staffed on weekends during the spring, beginning this Saturday, May 3.
The Heart O’the Hills campground is open for the season.
The Sol Duc Road is now open to the trailhead, although visitors should expect two feet of snow at that location too.
HohRain Forest Visitor Center & Forks Information Center
The Park and Forest Information Center in Forks will also begin spring hours on Friday, May 2 and will also be open Thursdays through Mondays. It will be open from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
The Kalaloch Information Station will begin spring hours on May 10, when it will be open five days a week (Friday – Tuesday) from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Deer Park Road
Park Trails & Wilderness Information Center
The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) is open daily from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Expanded hours (7:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will begin on May 7, except for Sundays when the WIC will be open from 8:00 – 4:00. 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