Olympic National Park Updates - June 18th, 2011

posted Jun 18, 2011, 3:15 PM by Luke Hizer
Now that the weather's getting nice and the snow's melting, there are more reports and news out of the Olympics:
  • Olympic Hot Springs road remains closed for repairs, a longer closing is coming August 1st. Whiskey Bend Road is still blocked to cars by a landslide. The full road conditions can be found here.
  • The Altair and Elwha campgrounds remain closed during the road construction. The Kalaloch campground, on the Pacific Ocean, accepts online reservations via recreation.gov. The Hoh campground is temporarily closed as of the 17th, due to 'hazardous wildlife', with no details beyond that. The entire campground conditions page can be found here.
  • Turning to trail conditions, there are many updates this week. The North Fork Skokomish River trail is clear to Camp Pleasant; there's a high level of bear activity in the area, and most trails in the Staircase area show starting above 3000-3500ft. In the Hurricane Ridge area, the Royal Basin trail is clear till avalanche debris and snow around 3600ft; the Lake Angeles trail is clear to the lake and 2 sites are melted out. At Sol Duc, the River Trail has patchy snow about 2800 ft, some lower camp sites are melted out, but still 8 to 10 feet of snow at Heart Lake. There's about the same amount at Appleton Pass and Lunch Lake. The Hoh Trail report mentions the bear activity that probably closed the campground. The complete trail report can be found here.