Olympic Hot Springs Road to Close for Repairs
Olympic Hot Springs Road will be closed from Monday, July 25 through early October for repairs due to storm damage last winter.
After a winter of heavy winds, flooding and storms, Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park will be temporarily closing to allow crews to make much needed repairs. The closure will block access starting at the park boundary and will begin Monday, July 25 and conclude in early October.
The road closure will impact nearby hiking trails, so plan accordingly if you're visiting Olympic National Park. The temporary bypass trail that was built around the washout will be closed during this time to allow crews to work in the area. Trails impacted by this closure include: Cascade Rock, Elwha to Hurricane Hill, West Elwha, Upper Lake Mills, Dodger Point, Upper Lake Mills, Elwha River and Geyser Valley, Humes Ranch - Elwha River Loop, Appleton Pass, Boulder Lake and Happy Lake Ridge.
During the construction, people interested in the Elwha River Restoration and dam removal can visit the Elwha River Interpretive Kiosk which is located on Highway 112. You can also access the former site of the Elwha River dam from that location. For a map of the area, visit the Olympic National Park website.
Even though the Olympic Hot Springs Road will be closed for the summer that doesn't mean you can't enjoy other trails Olympic National Park has to offer. There are a wide variety of hikes to choose from, including trails like the North Fork Sol Duc River and Hurricane Hill to name a couple. Check out our Hiking Guide to explore more trails in the area.
You can also join us for a work party nearby. We have a number of them scheduled for the remainder of the year, so take a look and see if you'd like to join us on the Olympic Peninsula.
Road closure quick facts
Where: Elwha Olympic Hot Springs Road in Olympic National Park
When: Monday, July 25 through early October
Why: To repair sections of road that are washed out and damaged from winter storms
Trails impacted: Cascade Rock, Elwha to Hurricane Hill, West Elwha, Upper Lake Mills, Dodger Point, Upper Lake Mills, Elwha River and Geyser Valley, Humes Ranch - Elwha River Loop, Appleton Pass, Boulder Lake and Happy Lake Ridge.