Adventure Dispatch June 23rd – 30th

After last week’s brief hiatus, we are back with another episode of Adventure Dispatch. Listen in or read below to get the scoop on what’s happening at Olympic National Park this week.

Transcript:
Welcome to the Adventure Dispatch for the week of June 23rd to June 30th, 2016 for the always amazing Olympic National Park. This week’s information is presented by The Outdoor Society. Get inspired and explore the wild with us.

June is almost over and summer is here, meaning that we have three months of glorious summer adventure before us. Hopefully, your plans include endless exploration of Olympic and that you allow us to help you have the best time possible.

  • As always, we will start with the weather around the Olympic Peninsula, starting in the Port Angeles region of the Peninsula. Typically dry and warm, this week the Port Angeles area will see a few showers on Friday before becoming amazingly sunny wand warm for the remainder of the week. Expect highs in the 70s and lows near 50 from Saturday until Thursday. The forecast calls for limited clouds, no rain and amazing views. If you can, head up to Hurricane Ridge or Deer Park and enjoy the immense panoramas.
  • Out along the coast and in rainforests of Olympic, the weather will mirror that of Port Angeles. Friday will see the last of the rain showers, with mostly sunny skies from Saturday until Thursday. Highs will be in the 70s, lows will be in the 40s and life will be amazing. If you have any desires to explore the 73 miles of wilderness coast of Olympic National Park, this might be the perfect week to do just that. Expect stunning sunsets and incredible experiences.
  • Along the Hood Canal region of Olympic, the weather is going to be the best on the peninsula. Cloudy skies are expected through Saturday and then the sun will be stellar for the remainder of the week. Highs will be in the upper 70s and low 80s, while lows will be in the mid 50s. Summer is here and it will be an amazing week along the Hood Canal region of Olympic National Park. I highly suggest finding a waterfall or heading up any of the breathtaking river valleys.

The snowpack of Olympic is lingering, but is on its last legs. Yeah, we have been saying this for a month now, but if you look at the mountains, there is just a little bit of snow hovering in the lower mountains. Expect snow free conditions up to nearly 6,000 feet, expect those rare pockets where some snow may be trapped due to limited daylight. By the end of the month, I’d image that snow will be much more difficult to find in the upper trails of the Olympics.

  • As a reminder, one of our favorite roads in Olympic National Park is open. The Deer Park Road leading to Blue Mountain and the Deer Park campground reopened for the season a few weeks ago and is worth seeing with the return of beautiful weather.In the Hurricane Ridge region, the Obstruction Point Road is still closed from Waterhole to Obstruction Point, but this should be changing by our next Adventure Dispatch, since the snow will be melting extremely fast over the next week.
  • Other road closures in Olympic are located out along the stunning Elwha River. Along the Elwha, both the Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road are still closed due to washouts from last winter. It appears as if plans to place a temporary bridge will not be ready for the year, but we might get surprised. Keep your fingers crossed. Until the road is fixed, the area is open to pedestrians and should be explored often.
  • 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 as it has been for a decade or so.

Camping in Olympic this week will be incredible, and possibly busy toward the end of the week. All of the campgrounds in Olympic National Park that will open this year are now open. Remember that only the Sol Duc and Kalaloch campgrounds take reservations, every other site is first come first serve. The only campground closures in Olympic ate along the Elwha River, due to the washouts last winter. The Deer Park campground has recently reopened, and promises to give amazing star-gazing opportunities over the coming week. 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 the Mount Storm King Trail above Lake Crescent. This short, but steep trail offers breathtaking panoramas of Lake Crescent and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. This hike isn’t for everyone, as the last bit requires a bit of scrambling on some exposed rocks. While that might sound intimidating to some, the picturesque views from the summit of this peak will make you forget all about the climb up. More information on this region and hike can be found on our website and in our Olympic National Park Guidebooks.

This week, there are, yet again, no announced events going on inside the park. Instead, we highly recommend picking up one of out guidebooks to Olympic National Park. We wrote the Definitive Guide to Olympic last year, and at over 400 pages in length, this is your best bet to find the perfect hike, campground or day trip on the Olympic Peninsula. Pick it up as an ebook and always have it on your phone for last minute tips while driving around the region! Go to outdoor-society.com and get your copy today.

On that shameless plug, 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.
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