Olympic National Park Updates - August 2nd, 2011

posted Aug 2, 2011, 9:01 PM by Luke Hizer   [ updated Aug 2, 2011, 10:28 PM ]
It's nearly high season out on the Olympic Peninsula, here are the latest updates:
  • Road conditions: there's some work on the Upper Hoh Road, but nothing more than short delays; the Olympic Hot Springs road is now closed beyond the Altair Campground; the Whiskey Bend washout is still preventing car access to the trailhead. The full road conditions are here.
  • The Hurricane Ridge and Obstruction Point roads will be closed from 5am to noon on Sunday, August 7th for the 'Ride the Hurricane' bike ride.
  • All campgrounds (non-backcountry) are open, but the Graves Creek Campground, along the road, will be closed for 30 days starting on August 10th. The full campground report is here.
  • Trail Conditions - Southeast: the North Fork Snokomish is clear to Two Bear Camp, Wagonwheel campsites are melted out along with the trail, Home Sweet Home are under snow. Flapjack Lakes is melted out, but not the surrounding camp sites or shoreline, much snow on the Six Ridge Primitive Trail. Still a lot of snow in the high country around the Dosewallips area, continuous snow seems to start over 4000-4500 ft.
  • Trail Conditions - Northeast: Snow starting around 4500ft in the Hurricane Ridge area, sounds like a lot of snow still in higher elevations. Snow-free trails include Cameron Creek (other obstacles, see full trail conditions page from the Forest Service) and Deer Ridge, several are nearly all the way melted out. Mountain goats have been following people in this area, be careful. In the Elwah area, there's a lot of debris above Wilder. No recent report on the Dodger Point/Long Ridge route. 
  • Trail Conditions - Northwest: The low trails around Lake Crescent are all snow-free. There's still 2-4 feet of snow at Sol Duc Park, and 4 to 6 feet at Heart Lake.  Needless to say, the high country beyond, High Divide, Little Divide, and the Bailey Traverse are all under heavy snow. The Bogachiel River Trail is snow-free to Little Divide, lots of downed trees though. Remember you need a Discover Pass for this trailhead (and at South Fork Hoh River Trail). Snow and risky avalanche chutes on the Hoh River Trail.
  • Trail Conditions - Southwest: Three Lakes, Skyline, and Elip all have lots of snow in the high country, North Fork and East Fork Quinault Trail have snow starting about 3500 ft. Nothing new in the Queets Trails
  • For full trail conditions see the Forest Service's full trail conditions page for Olympic National Park.