Several feet of snow remain on the ground beginning at elevations above 3,000 feet, but Olympic National Park is adding a number of “open” signs to campgrounds and other facilities starting this Memorial Day weekend.
- The Staircase and Elwha campgrounds, both open year-round for primitive camping (pit toilets and no water), add drinking water and flush toilets for the summer season starting Friday, May 23.
- Altair Campground will be open May 23 through September, with drinking water and flush toilets.
- Fairholme Campground will be open from May 21 through Oct. 6, with drinking water and flush toilets. Fairholme General Store, currently open Friday through Sunday, will open daily May 24-Sept. 2.
- La Poel Picnic area will open for day use Saturday, May 24.
- The Log Cabin Resort will be open May 23 through Sept. 30 for lodging, RV and tent camping, a boat launch, dining room and store.
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is staffed weekends through June 8 and will be staffed daily beginning June 13. The visitor center’s snack bar and gift shop, which have been open weekends only, begin daily operations May 23.
Lake Crescent Lodge opened for the season May 2 and will remain open through Jan. 1, 2015, offering a range of lodging options, a dining room, boat rentals and gift shop. Lodges at Kalaloch and Lake Quinault are open year-round.
Park officials encourage visitors to stop by or call (360-565-3100) the Wilderness Information Center located within the Olympic National Park Visitor Center (3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles) for current trail reports, spring hiking safety tips and trip planning suggestions. Information is also available at the park’s website.
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.