Park closes Olympic Hot Springs pools after death

A 61-year-old Silverdale man was found dead at Olympic Hot Springs Monday.

On Monday, Oct. 26, rangers responded to a report of a fatality at Olympic Hot Springs in the Elwha Valley of Olympic National Park.

Rangers found 61-year-old Bruce Gunderson of SIlverdale deceased in a hot spring pool.

Cause of death is under investigation, though natural causes are suspected.

Because of health and safety concerns, the Olympic Hot Springs pools have been closed to public use.

“Although use of Olympic Hot Springs has always been at the discretion and risk of the visitor, we have closed the pools until further notice due to public health and safety concerns following this tragic incident,” Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum said.

Olympic Hot Springs are natural, unmaintained hot water seeps located approximately 2.5 miles from the Boulder Creek Trailhead in the Elwha Valley. The pools are in a wilderness area and not tested or treated by the park.

Boulder Creek Campground will remain open, park officials said.