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Category: Olympic National Park
November 17, 2014 at 4:49 PM

Road to Olympic Hot Springs reopens after 3-year closure

  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 stock-user access to the Olympic Hot Springs Trail, a 2.5-mile hike from the trailhead. Park officials urge visitors to consult…

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November 3, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Olympic National Park opens new viewpoint on dam-free Elwha

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 a better look at the free-flowing river. The 10-space parking area and viewpoint can be reached by following the gravel Whiskey Bend Road about one mile…

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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

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 National Park Service, both Olympic National Park and Mount Rainier National Park are proposing to charge $25 for a seven-day vehicle-entrance pass, up from the current $15, said Olympic spokeswoman…

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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

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 admission fees on Saturday, Sept. 6, and host celebrations that weekend, from guided hikes to panel discussions…

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August 13, 2014 at 12:57 PM

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

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 and Sundays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.,  on what was once Lake Aldwell near Port Angeles.  The lake drained away…

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

August 1, 2014 at 12:35 PM

No cars, just bikes, at Olympic’s Hurricane Ridge on Sunday morning

Look, no cars! Bicyclists will get the very scenic (and steep) Hurricane Ridge Road in Olympic National Park to themselves on Sunday morning, Aug. 3. Called “Ride the Hurricane,” it’s an annual recreational ride for all ages with the  road closed to vehicles from 6 a.m. to noon.  Hurricane Ridge Road winds up through the…

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July 25, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Readers’ lovely photos of Washington’s national parks

You really, really  love “The Mountain.” That’s very clear, judging from the dozens and dozens of photos of Mount Rainier submitted to The Seattle Times’ national-park photo contest. We’re looking for your good photos from the three big national parks in Washington state – Mount Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park and North Cascades National Park. We’ll…

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Comments | More in Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Rainier National Park, national parks, North Cascades National Park, Olympic National Park | Topics: national parks photo contest, Seattle Times photo contest

July 21, 2014 at 4:52 PM

Too close to wild things on Olympic park trail

I wanted to keep hiking along a trail in Olympic National Park, but the animals got there first. I came around a rocky outcrop on a Hurricane Ridge trail recently to find  a mountain goat (feeling protective, with a baby goat nearby) on one  side of the trail, a curious deer on the other. I definitely did…

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