Olympic National Park Trail Updates - July 13th, 2010

posted Jul 13, 2010, 9:53 PM by Luke Hizer
Highlights:

Staircase area - snow level seems to be around 3,700', Wagonwheel and Flapjack lakes are melted out.

Dosewallips area - snow generally around mid 4000 to 5000'.

NE Trails -

As of 11 July, there were 8 ft. snow drifts remaining on Obstruction Point Road. Opening the remainder of the road to the trailhead is estimated to be 1-2 weeks away.

Hurricane Ridge Road will be CLOSED from 6:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Sunday, 1 August 2010 for the Ride the Hurricane bike race.

Elwah -

Patchy snow begins at 5200'. 8-10' of snow remains at Dodger Point. Twelve down trees.

Beginning August 16, the Boulder Creek Trail will be closed to all public access from the trailhead to just below the Boulder Creek Campground for the Boulder Creek Trail Rehabilitation Project. The project is expected to be completed by the end of October 2010.

NW Trails -

Camp David Jr. Road is now OPEN to the Spruce Railroad Trailhead. Construction on the Small Creek Bridge will continue on weekdays; expect delays.

Heart Lake remains snow-covered with only edges beginning to melt-out; all campsites remain snow-covered. Route-finding skills required. High Divide report: Patchy snow commences at Potholes; however, all campsites at Potholes remain snow-covered. One down tree. Mostly continuous snow persists along High Divide, requiring route-finding skills. Trail around Bogachiel Peak remains snow-covered and icy; ice axe, self-arrest skills and crampons required.

The bridge over Lower Bridge Creek between Sevenmile and Sol Duc Park is out; use caution when fording! It can be a dangerous ford during or after a high precipitation event, or during spring snowmelt.

SW Trails -

Several large bears have been observed in Enchanted Valley. All food, garbage and scented items must stored in park-approved bear canisters or hung on available bear wires when unattended.

Full report here.

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