ONP Welcomes Visitors to Enjoy Fall

onpoct17With relief and enthusiasm, Olympic National Park staff is returning to work Thursday morning and reopening the park to visitors. All park roads, trails and facilities normally scheduled to be open at this time of year are being reopened as quickly as possible; all will be open by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013.

“We are proud of the work we do on behalf of the American people, and we’re thrilled to be able to get back to work and re-open the park,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum. “We welcome our visitors and invite them to come enjoy the beautiful fall colors and crisp weather.”

Staff is currently working to reopen all park roads and facilities, in accordance with the park’s routine seasonal schedule.

Olympic National Park Visitor Center is open and is open 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.

Crews are currently working to clear snow from the Hurricane Ridge Road, where sizable drifts have accumulated at some of the higher elevations. The road will reopen as soon as safely possible. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and Snack Bar will also reopen as soon as possible.

Crews are working this morning to remove barricades and reopen parking areas along the Kalaloch coastal area. Openings in all areas are expected by 4:00 p.m. Thursday, October 17, 2013.

The Deer Park and Obstruction Point roads are both closed for the season.

The Lake Crescent Lodge is opening Thursday. Log Cabin Resort and the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort are closed for the season. The Kalaloch Lodge is already open.

The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center and the Forks Recreation Information Center are open Friday through Sunday in October. Staircase, Elwha, Lake Crescent, Hoh, Mora, Ozette, Queets, Quinault areas will all open today.

October 17, 2013/ONP Press Release

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Olympic National Park,Hurrican Ridge
Thu Oct 17 2013 PST 11:21
Elevation 5,242
Temp 53.6 ºF