Olympic National Forest’s Big Creek Campground and adjacent trails will close in early February for approximately nine months. This closure is necessary to ensure public safety while timber harvest operations and campground upgrades are underway.
The campground improvements are funded through the 2009 Cushman Hydropower relicense project. The closure is expected to last until November 2014.
Hood Canal District Ranger, Dean Yoshina, stated “This closure creates a temporary inconvenience but the public can look forward to many new campground amenities: a new tent camping area, new group camping sites with picnic shelters and fire rings, additional RV sites, a host site, new toilets, new picnic tables, new kiosks, a new accessible trail, additional parking, and a water distribution system.”
The following trails will also be closed while improvements are in progress:
- Big Creek Campground Trail #827—the closure includes the entire length of this 1.1 mile loop trail.
- Upper Big Creek Loop Trail #827.1 (east side)—The closure includes the east side of the upper loop trail from the Big Creek Confluence Trail #827.3 to the Big Creek Campground Trail #827.
An alternate route, located off of Forest Service Road 24 on the west side of Big Creek Campground, will allow visitors to access the west side of the Upper Big Creek Loop Trail #827.1, and the Mount Ellinor Connector Trail #827.2. For additional information about this project or the related closures, please contact the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200.
January 14, 2013/USDA Forest Service News Release