Adventure Dispatch June 3 – 9

Helllooooo 90 degree weather… happening this weekend!

Get out there folks!

Trusty Transcript after the jump:

Welcome to the Adventure Dispatch for the week of June 3rd to June 9th, 2016 in Olympic National Park. This week’s information is presented by The Outdoor Society. Get inspired and explore the wild with us.

Thanks so much for listening and we hope we are inspiring you to head outdoors and find the perfect adventure of the coming week.

Like we do every week, we will start with weather for the next seven day. Starting at Port Angeles, the forecast for the coming week is going to be ridiculously beautiful and warm. Starting out with highs in the high 60s on Friday, we see temperatures reach 80 degrees on Sunday before hovering in the 60s and 70s for the remainder of the week. Monday might see some clouds, but the rest of the week will be sunny.

Out along the coast and in rainforests of Olympic, the weather is pretty much the same. After a chance of rain on Friday, the clouds will leave and give the weekend a dose of warmth, with highs around 80 degree. Monday sees a return of partly cloudy skies that will linger for the rest of there week, but with no rain and temperatures in the mid-60s, it will be gorgeous.

For the absolute best sunny weather, head out to the Olympic Peninsula’s Hood Canal region. The eastern slopes of the Olympics are going to be quite toasty and full of sun and heat. Friday’s high will be near 80, with temperatures around 90 for the weekend. Come Monday, the temperatures cool just a little, dropping into the 70s. If you can, skip work a few days and explore the region. Chances are, your favorite trail is now snow free.

Speaking of snow, there is very little left in the Olympic Mountains. According to reports from snow depth stations around the Olympic Mountains, the current snowpack is just 1% of normal for the year, and melting fast. For the coming week, the snow level will hover above 13,000 feet until Tuesday, when it drops to 8500 by Wednesday. Keep in mind that the tallest point on the entire Olympic Peninsula is Mount Olympus at 7,979ft above sea level. There will be absolutely no snowfall on the Olympic Mountains this coming week.

For those of you driving to Olympic National Park, we have a few road updates to give you. Around Port Angeles, The Hurricane Ridge Road is now open 24/7, weather permitting! The Hurricane Hill road is also now open to the end parking lot, which is great news! I The Obstruction Point Road near Hurricane Ridge is still mostly closed, but the park has opened it for a few miles, letting you get closer to stunning hikes further east. I anticipate a full opening of the road in one to two weeks time. The Deer Park Road near Sequim is also still closed, but should be opening soon. We have tried to ask the park about a tentative timeframe for both roads, but haven’t gotten a definitive answer.

Out on the Elwha, both the Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road are closed due to a washout on the main road. Plans to put a temporary bridge are still in the works, and hopefully in time for the summer crowds. You can still hike out here though, so explore the Elwha by foot!

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.

Keep in mind that out along the Hood Canal, the Dosewallips Road is permanently closed, but the region is still open to foot and bicycle traffic.

If you are camping this coming week, you have numerous options, as nearly all of Olympic National Park’s campgrounds are open. The Deer Park campground is still closed due to snow, and the two campgrounds along the Elwha that have pretty much washed away are closed as well. Otherwise, you can camp a night or seven at Fairholme, Heart O the Hills, Hoh, Kalaloch, Mora, North Fork, Ozette, Queets, Sol Duc, South Beach and Staircase. Remember, all campgrounds, except the Kalaloch and Sol Duc are first-come first-serve. Dosewallips and Graves Creek are both 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 Ozette Triangle Trail along the 73 mile wilderness coast section of Olympic National Park. At 9.2 miles round trip, this loop hike is one of the most iconic destinations in the park. While typically done a s a backpacking trip, the Ozette Triangle is mostly flat and easy enough for nearly all levels of hikers. While the trail is 9.2 miles in length, the trail actually only hikes along the beach for three miles, passing stunning sea stacks and even allowing you to see ancient petroglyphs at Wedding Rocks, located halfway down the beach. This is an awesome hike and will surely inspire more trips to the breathtaking coast of Olympic National Park. More information on this region and hike can be found on our website and in our Olympic National Park Guidebooks.

This week, there aren’t any official events going on inside the park. Instead, we would like to give you a few facts about Olympic National Park. Olympic is the 4th most-visited National Park in America over the past 20 years. Olympic National Park also has over 260 glaciers, though those are rapidly melting.

Well, on that note, 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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