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.
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.
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.
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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