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Category: Olympic National Park
January 26, 2015 at 2:06 PM

Whiskey Bend Road closed by slide in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park‘s 4.5-mile Whiskey Bend Road, on the east bank of the Elwha River, is closed after the first mile due to a slide and extensive road damage, park officials reported Monday. Closures in Olympic National Park. (National Park Service map) Heavy rains and high winds earlier this month resulted in a slide that destroyed…

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January 26, 2015 at 10:11 AM

Body of hiker found in Olympic National Park

The body of a  hiker missing since late December  has been found in Olympic National Park.  Here’s the word Monday morning from park authorities: “Searchers, aided by several dog teams, yesterday (Sunday)  located and recovered the body of missing hiker James Thomas Griffin in very rugged terrain near the Boulder Creek trailhead.  Griffin, 60, of Port…

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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times) You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks…

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November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  With dam removal, many changes have come to the Elwha River Valley. (photo by Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times) Olympic National Park’s Olympic Hot Springs Road, in the Elwha River Valley, has reopened following a three-year closure while contractors removed the Glines Canyon Dam. Visitors may now reach the Boulder Creek Trailhead, which provides hiker and…

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November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Olympic National Park opens new viewpoint on dam-free Elwha

This August 2014 photo shows the last section of the Glines Canyon Dam before its recent removal from the Elwha River. (Steve Ringman photo/The Seattle Times) Both dams are gone from the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula, and in Olympic National Park a new accessible parking area and viewpoint opened Friday to give the public…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park | Topics: Elwha River, elwha valley, Glines Canyon Dam

October 31, 2014 at 12:59 PM

$25 (and up) entrance fee proposed for Olympic, other big national parks. Have your say

Hurricane Ridge is one of the most popular areas of Olympic National Park – and it could cost you more to see it next year. (Steve Ringman / Seattle Times photo) Be prepared to pay a lot more next year to enjoy major national parks in Washington state and around the country. Following the lead of the…

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September 30, 2014 at 3:05 PM

Expect Olympic National Park road delays in next 10 days

Visitors to Olympic National Park in coming days should expect delays on some park roads as crews begin work to remove dirt and debris from drainage ditches.  Roads will remain open throughout the work, but some significant traffic stops are anticipated, park officials announced. Expect delays as follows: Sol Duc Road: Motorists may encounter northbound delays…

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September 8, 2014 at 4:01 PM

Happy ending for lost, but well-prepared, Olympic park hiker

To the relief of family, friends and searchers, solo hiker Kelly Hall emerged Monday at a trailhead in Olympic National Park, four days later than planned from his wilderness backpacking trip. He had been reported missing and a search was launched for him. Luckily, Hall was  well-prepared to endure extra days in the wilderness and is…

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September 1, 2014 at 10:00 AM

Celebrate Wilderness Act: No fee, films,walks and more at Olympic Nat’l Park

Olympic National Park preserves wild Pacific coast, including at Rialto Beach. (Steve Ringman photo / The Seattle Times Fifty years ago, the federal Wilderness Act was signed and now protects about 150 million acres of American wild lands, including within national parks and national forests. To celebrate the Wilderness Act anniversary, Washington’s Olympic National Park will waive park…

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August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Guided walks on what was water at Olympic peninsula’s Elwha

Giant stumps emerged at what was once Lake Aldwell when the Elwha dam was removed. (Steve Ringman photo / Seattle Times, 2012 Take a walk on what was once a lake on the Olympic Peninsula. Olympic National Park rangers will lead free guided walking tours four times a week starting Aug. 19 through Sept. 2, on Tuesdays…

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Comments | More in national parks, Olympic National Park, Parks | Topics: Elwha dam, guided ranger walks, Lake Aldwell

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