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Another week of bite-size audio information for your weekly adventure planning at Olympic National Park. Weather, road closures, hiking and camping information.
Hello and welcome to the Adventure Dispatch for Olympic National Park for the week of April 21st thru 28th.
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Let’s look at the weather for the coming week, which sadly won’t be as good as last week.
The snow level in the Olympics will start out on Friday around 5,500 feet, but will quickly drop to around 3,750ft for the rest of the week. Snowfall should be minimal, but might happen at the higher elevation trails.
This week, the following roads are closed in Olympic National Park, restricting access to the following areas:
Campers have a few options this week around in Olympic National Park, Camping in Olympic is currently open in the following campgrounds: Dosewallips, Graves Creek, Heart O the Hills, Hoh, Kalaloch, Mora, North Fork, Ozette, Queets, Sol Duc and Staircase. Keep in mind that only Kalaloch accepts reservations, every other campground is first come, first serve. Finding a spot shouldn’t be an issue this week, thanks to the cooler weather and return of light rain.
Remember, that while both the Dosewallips and Graves Creek Campgrounds are open, access is walk-in only.
For those visiting Olympic this week, the trail of the week, brought to you by The Outdoor Society is the Spruce Railroad Trail. Located in the Lake Crescent region of Olympic National Park, this trail offers stunning views of Lake Crescent, as well as Mount Storm King and the rest of the peaks surrounding the lake. At eight miles round trip with minimal elevation gain, this trail is the best way to see the the beauty of Washington State’s second deepest lake. The highlight of the trail for most is the bridge at Devils Punchbowl, just a little over a mile from the eastern trailhead. This is an iconic destination in Olympic and should be seen by everyone, often. More determined hikers who crave panoramas should check out Mount Storm King in the Lake Crescent region. It is short, steep and offers awesome views. More information on the Lake Crescent area can be found on outdoor-society.com.
This week, the Peninsula and Park will concluding National Park Week. Entrance to the park is free through Sunday.
On another note, today is John Muir’s birthday. Born in 1838 he clearly deserves all the praise for his work on helping the National Parks get established. And while we at The Outdoor Society honor his legacy I often find myself wondering how the parks and other public lands need to learn to adapt to a new realities of the 21st century. The parks and the general approach to wilderness is somewhat stuck in long gone times and deserve a new look and new vision for the future.
That concludes our Adventure Dispatch. If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Twitter and check our website for more. Thanks for tuning in and catch you next week, same time, same place.