Olympic National Park staff sets summer season

After a winter that brought more low-elevation snow to the Olympic Peninsula than recent years, staff at Olympic National Park are preparing park facilities for the summer seasons.

For avid hikers, check out current trail conditions at www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/olympic/recreation#cond.

Staircase

The Staircase Campground opened May 25 with drinking water and flush toilets available through Sept. 30.

Dosewallips

The Dosewallips Road remains closed due to a washout outside the park boundaries in Olympic National Forest, so access to the primitive campground is walk-in only (about 5.5 miles).

Deer Park

Deer Park Road and campground are both scheduled open. The campground provides primitive camping, with pit toilets and no drinking water.

Hurricane Ridge Road and Heart O’ the Hills

Hurricane Ridge Road is now open 24 hours a day (weather permitting). Visitors should call the Road & Weather Hotline at 565-3131 for current road and weather conditions.

Hurricane Hill Road (the 1.5 miles of road that leads past the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center to the Hurricane Ridge Picnic Area and Hurricane Hill Trailhead) is open though some snow may remain in parking/picnic areas.

Reaching elevations over 6,000 feet, sections of the Obstruction Point Road are still covered with snow. This road will open by the end of June, depending on snow conditions.

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Hurricane Ridge Gift Shop & Snack Bar will be staffed daily June 23-Sept. 30. Check www.olympicnationalparks.com for more information.

The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is open daily from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. except for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Heart O’ the Hills Campground is open year-round with drinking water and flush toilets available.

Elwha Valley

The Olympic Hot Springs Road is open to the Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook. No access of any kind beyond Glines Canyon Overlook because of work on Boulder Creek Trail.

The Whiskey Bend Road is open all the way to the trailhead, though the gravel road is not suitable for RVs or trailers.

There are currently no campgrounds in the Elwha Valley.

Lake Crescent

Lake Crescent Lodge opened for the season April 28 and remain open through Jan. 2, 2018, offering a range of lodging options, a dining room, boat rentals and gift shop. More information is available at www.olympicnationalparks.com.

Fairholme Campground will be open through Oct. 2, with drinking water and flush toilets available. Fairholme Store is open daily through Sept. 4.

The Log Cabin Resort is open through Sept. 30 for lodging, RV and tent camping, a boat launch, dining room and store. Check www.olympicnationalparks.com for more information.

La Poel picnic area is open for day use.

Sol Duc Valley

The Sol Duc Road is generally open 24 hours a day, unless road work or weather conditions cause it to close temporarily.

The Sol Duc Campground is operated by Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and is open for the season with flush toilets and drinking water available through Oct. 29. Reservations are accepted for up to 75 percent of the campsites, with the remainder available on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations for the Sol Duc Campground can be made online at www.recreation.gov.

The Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is open for the season with lodging, dining, hot spring pools and a small store. The resort will be open through Oct. 29. More information is available at www.olympicnationalparks.com.

Hoh Rain Forest

The Hoh Rain Forest Road is generally open 24 hours a day, unless road work or weather conditions cause it to close temporarily. The Hoh Rain Forest Campground is open year-round with drinking water and flush toilets available.

The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is currently open Fridays-Sundays and is open daily through Sept. 30.

Pacific Coast

Kalaloch, Mora and Ozette — Olympic National Park’s road-accessible coastal destinations — are open, including all roads, campgrounds and trailheads. Rialto Beach is not accessible via Mora Road, however; road repair work began May 17 and will last for up to six weeks.

The Kalaloch and Mora campgrounds both provide drinking water and flush toilets. The Ozette Campground is primitive with pit toilets and drinking water is available now through mid-October.

The Kalaloch Information Station will open daily June 25-Sept. 30.

Kalaloch Lodge is open year-round with cabins, lodge rooms, dining, gift shop and a small store. For more information, check www.thekalalochlodge.com.

Queets Valley

The Lower and Upper Queets roads are both open 24 hours a day, unless road work or weather conditions cause temporary closures. The Queets Campground is open for primitive camping with pit toilets and no drinking water.

Quinault Rain Forest

The Quinault Loop Road, which includes the Quinault North Shore and South Shore roads, is open. The North Fork Road also is open.

The 6-mile Graves Creek Road is open. RVs and trailers are not permitted because of road conditions.

Quinault area roads typically are open 24 hours a day, unless temporarily closed by road work or weather conditions. The Graves Creek Campground and North Fork Campground are open for primitive camping with pit toilets and no drinking water.

Park Trails & Wilderness Information Center

The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC), located at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, is open daily from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Visitors are encouraged to stop by or call the Wilderness Information Center at 565-3100 for current trail reports, hiking safety tips and trip planning suggestions. Information also is available at the park’s website.

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