Adventure Dispatch July 15th – 22nd

No more snowpack report. It’s summer, believe it or not.

But we got to say “pavement patching project” one more time!

Trusty transcript after the jump:
Welcome to the Adventure Dispatch for the week of July 15th to July 22nd, 2016 in Olympic National Park. This week’s information is proudly presented by the dedicated and enthusiastic crew at The Outdoor Society. Get inspired and explore the wild with us.

Well, here we are, already halfway through the month of July. I swear, we need a way to slow down time, especially on days that we have off. That and on sunny days, which seem to be coming quite rare this summer. Seriously…where has summer gone?

This week’s weather in the Port Angeles region of Olympic National Park will be alright, but not the gloriousness that we expect for this time of the year. For the weekend, the north Olympic Peninsula will see partly cloudy skies, with highs in the mid 60s and lows in the 50s. Starting Monday, rain will return, with showers and clouds lingering until the end of the week.The wettest day is going to be Monday, with up to half an inch of rain possible in the normally dry city of Port Angeles. I’d definitely hit up the Gray Wolf region of Olympic on the rainy days.

  • In the rainforest and coastal region of Olympic National Park, the weather will mirror the forecast in Port Angeles. Expect a partly cloudy weekend and then ran Monday through Wednesday, with Monday being the wettest day. The forecast calls for clearing at the end of the week, so keep your fingers crossed!
  • The best weather on the Peninsula will be found along the Hood Canal region of Olympic. With highs in the 70s and a small chance of rain Sunday night and Monday, summer can be found along Washington’s Fjord. The worst day is Monday, with a high of 69 and a 55% chance of rain with accumulation forecasted to be 5/100ths of an inch. That is almost a comically low number, so don’t let the forecast stop you from adventures.

The Olympic snowpack is minuscule at best, and will no longer be mentioned until measurable snow once again falls in the region. Backpackers at higher elevations will still find pockets of snow, but the average visitor to Olympic will only see it on the tallest of mountains. If you are concerned about snow on your backpacking trip, please reach out to us on twitter, FB to via email and we will answer your questions.

Once again, those driving into Olympic will have to deal with a few road closures. Right now, the only road closures in Olympic are located out along the Elwha River. Both the Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road are closed due to washouts from last winter. The roads will be fixed eventually, hopefully. Until then, the area is still open to hiking and biking traffic.

Every other Olympic National Park road is currently open and should remain that way all week. Keep in mind that the Graves Creek Road in the Quinault Region is washed out 2 miles from the Graves Creek Campground. RVs and large cars are not recommended on the road to the washout because the turnaround spot is pretty small.

  • Out along the Hood Canal, the Dosewallips Road is permanently closed and has been for over a decade.
  • If you plan on camping in Olympic this week, good news. All of the campgrounds in Olympic National Park that will open this year are now open. However, Only the Sol Duc and Kalaloch campgrounds take reservations, while every other campground is first come, first serve. The only campground closures in Olympic are along the Elwha River, due to the washouts last winter. Dosewallips and Graves Creek campgrounds are also open, but are only accessible as walk-in campgrounds.

For those visiting Olympic this week, the Outdoor Society’s “Trail of the Week” is Upper Royal Basin trail.

More information on these regions can be found on our website and in our Olympic National Park Guidebooks.

This week, road construction will be occurring in the Lake Crescent region of Olympic. From July 18 through July 22, pavement patching projects will occur in the Fairholme Campground, along Camp David Jr. Road, in Lake Crescent Lodge Area and out at the Log Cabin Area. During these dates, roads will be reduced to one travel lane while the contractor is working and flaggers and pilot cars will be onsite to assist with traffic. Delays of up to 15 minutes should be expected.

Elsewhere on the Olympic Peninsula, the Sequim Lavender Festival will be taking place on July 15, 16 & 17. The Sequim Lavender Festival will celebrate its 20th year in the heart of Sequim and in the surrounding Dungeness Valley, highlighting the lavender production through a fun and family-friendly celebration. More information on this unique event can be found at lavenderfestival.com. Take a driving tour, bike around the region and stop in to local shops and farms to smell the lavenders. This year, there are 7 free farms open to the public, along with a Street Fair in downtown Sequim.

Well, with that, this concludes this week’s Adventure Dispatch. If you have any questions, please reach out to us on Twitter and check our website for more info. This is Douglas saying, “Thanks for tuning in and we will catch you next week, same time, same place.”

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