Olympic National Park Updates - May 27th, 2011

posted May 27, 2011, 10:40 PM by Luke Hizer
A couple notes from Olympic National Park:

North Fork Skokomish River Trail

Trailhead to First Divide

12.5 miles

785 ft. to 4688 ft.

A hiker reports trail snow-free to Camp Pleasant. Two down trees to Big Log; hikers must drop onto river gravel bar to circumvent large blowdown of 4 trees at Camp Pleasant. No report beyond.

There is currently a high level of bear activity in the Skokomish; proper food storage is paramount! 

Trail is undermined at the 2.5 mile-mark due to a failing culvert, making the trail dangerous and not advisable to stock. Hikers use caution. 

Bear canisters recommended in areas without bear wires. 

The Staircase Rapids Loop bridge is out. The bridge near Spike Camp is unstable, use caution.

5/25/11

Deer Lake TrailJct. Sol Duc River Trail via Sol Duc Falls and Deer Lake to jct. Little Divide Trail3.0 miles

2000 ft. to 3600 ft.

Trail is clear of down trees to Sol Duc Falls; continuous snow begins at the Canyon Creek Bridge at 2400'. A hiker reports that Deer Lake is 100% frozen over; continuous snow remains with 10' drifts around the lake.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

5/23/11
Lover's Lane TrailJct. Mink Lake Trail to jct. Deer Lake Trail2.9 miles

1643 ft. to 2000 ft.

Trail is snow-free.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

Hidden Lake Creek may be difficult to ford after heavy rains. Use caution.

5/25/11
Hoh River TrailTrailhead to Glacier Meadows17.5 miles

600 ft. to 5000 ft.

A large male bear has been frequenting the area between Happy Four and Lewis Meadow, but has not been aggressive toward hikers thus far. Please report any sightings or aggressive behavior to a ranger. Feeding wildlife is harmful to them and will eventually lead to their demise. Hikers are reminded to stay at least 100' from wildlife.

All food, garbage and scented items must be secured 24 hours a day.

Trail is clear of down trees to Happy Four; several large trees down above has made the trail impassable to stock. Snow begins at Martin Creek at 2300'; 1-2' of snow remains at Elk Lake with some bare ground showing. Lake is 50% melted out. 8-10' of snow remains at 3600'.

Bear wire at Happy Four is currently out of service due to lack of cable harnesses to hold bags in place. Hikers may use the wire in conjunction with their own rope.

The footlog at Hoh Lake Creek is damaged, but passable. There is a trail washout just beyond Lewis Meadow.

Use extreme caution in the very steep, icy avalanche chute area above Elk Lake. In summer, ongoing rockfall and steep scree slopes make crossing hazardous as well. Use rope assist (ladder taken down for winter season; rope remains but may be buried). Crampons and ice axe required.

Trail closed to horses, mules and burros beyond Elk Lake.

No campfires permitted at Elk Lake or above.

All food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved bear canisters in the Sol Duc/High Divide Loop/Mink Lake area.

5/25/11

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