Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park Visitor Scratched By Bat, Getting Treated For Rabies As A Precaution

A 59-year-old Washington state man is undergoing rabies prevention treatment after being scratched by a bat in front of Lake Crescent Lodge in Olympic National Park earlier this month.

Olympic National Park Rangers To Guide Hikes Along Elwha River As Restoration Continues

As the dynamic restoration of the Elwha River drainage in Olympic National Park continues in the wake of the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams being dismantled, the opportunity to see the landscape's renewal first-hand arrives on Tuesday, when the first of a small number of ranger-led hikes into the drainage will be offered.

Contract Issued To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet At Olympic National Park

The Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park soon will be on the move, to a location a bit farther away from the East Fork Quinault River that has been slowly eating away the ground beneath the historic log building.

Want To Improve Your National Park Photography? Catch This Webcast From The Parks

National park photography classes will take a big step forward in late August when Ian Shive, an award-winning photographer and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape, conducts a live class over the Internet from Olympic and Mount Rainier national parks.

Olympic National Park Gets Approval To Move Enchanted Valley Chalet...But How?

Olympic National Park officials have received approval to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet away from the East Fork Quinault River, and will try to accomplish that before fall.

Olympic National Park Working On Long-Range Mountain Goat Management Plan

Mountain goats are spectacular animals, even iconic in places such as Glacier National Park, but they can cause problems in parks where they don't belong. At Olympic National Park, where a 1920s era introduction project brought non-native goats into the landscape, officials are embarking on a management plan for how to deal with the animals. Adding weight to the need for such a plan was the fatal goring of a hiker in the park four years ago.

On The Road To Three National Park Jewels In The Pacific Northwest

Washington state’s Puget Sound is a forested metropolis, braided with inlets and bays and ringed by steep, glacier-clad peaks. On the west skyline, the stately, wet Olympic Mountains grab moisture from the ocean clouds to nurture the temperate rain forest of Olympic National Park. To the east the queen-mother’s throne, nearly three-mile-high Mount Rainier, holds court on clear days in its namesake park.

Mountain Goat Studies Continuing At Glacier National Park

Stylish collars and perhaps a splash of paint will mark some mountain goats this summer at Glacier National Park in Montana, where an ongoing study of the animals is moving into its second year.

Olympic National Park Officials Propose Temporary Salvation For Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials are proposing to move the Enchanted Valley Chalet up to 100 feet from the East Fork of the Quinault River to both protect the historic structure from collapsing and to prevent impacts to the riverbed and its hydrology and fishery.

National Park Service Key Player In Nurturing Tomorrow's Park Interpreters, Naturalists

Hoh Rain Forest ranger program/Kurt Repanshek
Reaching into his daypack, the ranger pulled out a banana slug. Not a real one, but a stuffed animal version, a perfect prop to explain just exactly what banana slugs were to the youngsters in his audience here in the Hoh Rain Forest of Olympic National Park.

Maintenance Work Will Close Hurricane Ridge Road At Olympic National Park Overnights Through Early June

Work is scheduled to begin next week to install 12 miles of fiber optic cable along the Hurricane Ridge Road at Olympic National Park. To do so, the road will be closed overnight most weekdays through June 5.

At Olympic National Park, How Would You Improve The Log Cabin Resort?

For many, the Log Cabin Resort at Olympic National Park is not their first lodging choice. But park officials hope to change that with an improvement plan for the Lake Crescent resort. And they're interested in hearing your suggestions.

Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Put On Washington Trust For Historic Preservation's Most Endangered List

The premium placed on saving the Enchanted Valley Chalet in the backcountry of Olympic National Park has gained more stature with the decision by the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation to list the building on its most endangered list for 2014.

Photography In The National Parks: Capturing Spring

Springtime is a great time to take photos in the national parks, but are you prepared for that task? Rebecca Latson has some suggestions for what you need to consider before heading off into the parks.

Celebrate North Cascades, Olympic And Mount Rainier National Parks At Spring Gala

Time is running out to land a ticket to a gala affair in support of North Cascades, Olympic, and Mount Rainier national parks.

Olympic National Park Officials Searching For Way To Save Enchanted Valley Chalet

Olympic National Park officials, searching for a way to prevent the Enchanted Valley Chalet from tumbling into the East Fork of the Quinault River, are looking into the possibility of moving the historic structure away from the stream.

Essential Paddling Guide: Olympic National Park’s Elwha River Running Wild Again

Run, river, run. That was the sentiment in the fall of 2011 when work began on the largest dam removal project in U.S. history. Taking down the 105-foot-high Elwha Dam and its sibling, the 210-foot-high Glines Canyon Dam, was history in the making. With the Elwha River’s headwaters high in Olympic National Park, it was more than just the removal of concrete.

Essential Park Guide, Spring 2014: Teach Your Children Well, National Parks As Learning Centers

Climate change. Glaciology. Sustainability. These are not the subjects that leap to mind when you consider sending your kids to summer camp. But blend them with backpacking, canoeing, or a walk in the woods, and the result is a generation with not only a better connection with nature, but perhaps a career path.

Can Olympic National Park's Enchanted Valley Chalet Be Saved?

Olympic National Park officials seem resigned to seeing the historic Enchanted Valley Chalet toppled by time and the meandering main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

Monitoring Climate Change Along The Coast Of Olympic National Park

What impact is climate change having on the coastal areas of Olympic National Park? The following 14-minute video takes a look at that question.

Essential Park Guide, Spring: A Season Of Renewal In The National Park System

Spring. It's a fresh, vibrant season in the National Park System, one of renewal, for the parks’ wildlife, vegetation, and even for human visitors. After long, dark months of cold and snow across much of the system, the arrival of March, April, and May provide greater warmth, daylight, and access in the parks.

Input Sought On Preliminary Alternatives For Olympic National Park Wilderness Stewardship Plan

Olympic National Park managers are working to develop a "wilderness stewardship plan" for their park, where 95 percent of the landscape is officially designated wilderness.

The Book That Launched A Thousand Parks: Wilderness And The American Mind

Roderick Nash's 5th edition of his seminal work, Wilderness and the American Mind, should serve as a reminder of the underlying value of nature in the raw, a value that shouldn't be trivialized.

National Park Service Staffers Warned Not To 'Toke Up' In Washington State Or Colorado

Dude, if you value your National Park Service job, don't toke up, not even in Washington state or Colorado, where the adults 21 and older can light up legally.

"Bears In My Kitchen" Offers A Look At Life In The Parks In An Earlier Era

Many of us have some occasional moments of nostalgia—or perhaps just a bit of curiosity—about life in our parks during what we presume was a less frantic world a generation or two ago. If that's the case, and you'd like to get a peek at life as a ranger and his spouse in Yosemite and several other western national parks in the 1930s and 1940s, you'll likely enjoy reading a book that's a park's classic: Bears in my Kitchen.

Welcome Traveler's Newest Supporters And Advertisers

Observant readers of the Traveler no doubt noticed some new sponsors and advertisers who believe in our mission to nurture advocates and stewards for the National Park System while exploring how best to get the most out of the park experience.

Shifting Quinault River Threatening Historic Structure At Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park officials are trying to figure out the best way to save the Enchanted Valley Chalet, a historic structure being threatened by the shifting main channel of the East Fork Quinault River.

Inspiration For 2014: My Top 10 Family Adventures

If you’re looking for some ideas and inspiration for 2014, here are my 10 favorite family adventures at The Big Outside (another list that will keep growing and evolving), as well as a bonus 11th trip that made this list last year but saw its spot usurped this year.

Olympic National Park Ready For Winter Season

Olympic National Park has three very distinct options for winter visitors. For those who enjoy indoor comforts, options include ocean storm-watching from the Kalaloch Lodge along the park’s Pacific Coast to lakeside dining at Lake Crescent Lodge to weekend day trips to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center on snow-covered Hurricane Ridge.
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