Olympic National Park

Finding Winter Bliss in a National Park Lodge

Winter can be a blissful time to visit the national parks. You can head south, and enjoy the warm weather and simply pitch your tent, or you can head to the snow belt and explore the parks on skis or snowshoes. But where should you stay? We asked our lodging experts, David and Kay Scott, for their recommendations.

Counting Sea Turtles in the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary off Olympic National Park

Counting sea turtles is no easy task when you're scanning the ocean looking for them, but that's just what the National Ocean Service's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Marine Fisheries Service did earlier this fall.

Initial Necropsy Results on Killer Mountain Goat at Olympic National Park Unremarkable

A mountain goat that fatally gored a hiker in Olympic National Park was in the fevered state of rut, but otherwise seemed to be a healthy animal, according to necropsy results released Thursday.

How Might Fatal Attack By Mountain Goat Change Backcountry Dynamics in National Parks?

Mountain goats have been described as "supreme mountaineers," can appear somewhat professorial in appearance with their goatees, and have uncanny agility. Now, in the tragic wake of a hiker being fatally gored in the Olympic National Park backcountry, some might also describe them as killers.

Washington Man Dies After Encounter With Mountain Goat in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park officials are trying to determine if a 63-year-old Washington man was killed during an encounter with a mountain goat in the park's backcountry.

Moving From Fall Towards Winter In the National Parks

The transition from fall to winter is harsher than the ones from spring to summer or summer to fall. The signs practically assault your senses. And yet, the transition can be much too quick.

Fall Spectacular: Fall Colors From a National Park Lodge

You'd be hard-pressed to stay in a national park lodge in the fall without some spectacular vistas. Still, there are some places that seem slightly better situated to capture the display of foliage. Contributing writers David and Kay Scott share their thoughts on some of the best lodges to call home during the fall.

It's Ambitious and Expensive: History-Making Effort to Restore Elwha River Takes a Big Step Forward

A history-making and much debated project to restore the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State has taken a big step forward. A contract has been awarded to remove the Elwha and Glines Canyon dams in an ambitious, and expensive, effort to reverse decades of environmental damage to an important river system.

Olympic National Park's Hoh Rain Forest: The Video

One of the most incredible settings in Olympic National Park is the Hoh Rain Forest. A tangle of green, littered with nursery logs, home to Roosevelt elk and banana slugs, and cut by gin-clear streams, this section of the park can hold your attention for hours on end.

Community Support Allows Olympic National Park To Try to Keep Hurricane Ridge Road Open in Winter

An outburst of community support -- worth $75,000 -- will allow Olympic National Park crews to try to keep the Hurricane Ridge Road open daily throughout the coming winter.

Boulder Creek Trail in Olympic National Park Closed Through Fall

Restoration work on the Boulder Creek Trail in Olympic National Park has necessitated the closure of the trail, as well as the upper Hot Springs Road, to the public through the fall, according to park officials.

Number of Wildfires Burning Across Western National Parks

A number of wildfires were burning Saturday across the National Park System, with blazes reported in Bryce Canyon, Olympic, Kings Canyon, and North Cascades national parks, though none were threatening developed areas of the parks.

Odds and Ends from Around the National Park System: Interior's Transparency Woes, Plowing Hurricane Ridge, and More

A look around the National Park System finds an interesting potpourri of issues, from the Interior Department's struggles with transparency and a move to see Hurricane Ridge in Olympic National Park kept open-year round to campfire restrictions in Kings Canyon and Sequoia national parks.

National Park Quiz 85: Trees

True to its title, this quiz tests your knowledge of trees in the national parks. Answers are at the end. If we catch you peeking, we'll make you write on the whiteboard 100 times: " Quantified Tree Risk Assessment provides a framework for assessing the three components of tree-failure risk; probability of failure, impact potential, and target value."

Angler Cited For Keeping Bull Trout Caught in Olympic National Park

An angler who caught, and kept, a bull trout in Olympic National Park has been cited for the catch, according to National Park Service officials.

Reader Participation Day: Visit Wyoming's National Parks, or Those in Washington State?

It was quite a battle last week when we asked whether you would rather visit Utah's national parks or those in California. Well, here's another head-scratcher: Would you first head to Wyoming and Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks, or Washington State with Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier national parks?

Hoh Rain Forest Visitors In Olympic National Park Cautioned Against Elk

While most visitor interactions with wildlife in national parks seem to revolve around bears, officials in Olympic National Park are urging visitors to the Hoh Rainforest to be cautious about the resident elk.

Fundraisers Funnel Nearly $300,000 to Olympic, North Cascades, and Mount Rainier National Parks

Thanks to a series of fundraisers held by Washington's National Park Fund, nearly $300,000 is being funneled to Mount Rainier, Olympic, and North Cascades national parks for projects in the parks.

Boulder Creek Trail in Olympic National Park To Be Closed for Rehab Work

Good news, bad news out of Olympic National Park. The good news is that crews will begin rehab work on the Boulder Creek Trail in August. The bad news is that a section of the trail will be closed for a couple months.

ReserveAmerica Can't Find a National Park Campground It Likes

ReserveAmerica, the company that manages camping reservations for the National Park System and other federal agencies, can't seem to find a national park campground it likes. In listing its "Top 100 Family Campgrounds," the company doesn't cite a single national park campground.
Dream Hikes Coast to Coast: Your Guide to America In Dream Hikes Coast to Coast author Jack Bennett has done something more than a few folks would like to do: Head out on some great hikes, and then write about them. In assembling his hiking list, he took an approach that is both laudable...and disappointing.

List of Top 10 Endangered Rivers Includes Two That Flow Through The National Park System

American Rivers came out there other day with its top 10 list of endangered rivers, and No. 1 was the Upper Delaware, which flows through the Upper Delaware Scenic and Recreational River. No. 3 also falls in the National Park System, the Gauley River around which the Gauley River National Recreation Area rises up from.

Road Work In Olympic National Park Could Cause Some Delays Near Lake Crescent

Heading to Olympic National Park? Then you might encounter some traffic delays on a stretch of Highway 101 near the southern edge of Lake Crescent.

Is There A Thaw Coming On the Three-Year-Old Freeze on National Park Fees?

Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lake, copyright Kurt Repanshek
Three years ago, then-National Park Service Director Mary Bomar placed a freeze on most fees associated with visiting the national parks. Now, though, it appears that freeze might be thawing.

Best National Parks for Admiring "Rock Art"

There are a handful of places in the National Park System where you can view petroglyphs or pictographs. Some are walk-up panels that you can ponder for hours, others require a float down a river or a long hike. Here's a quick look at some of those units and what you can expect to find.

Last Dam Summer Party Scheduled For Olympic National Park

With demolition of the Elwha River dams in Olympic National Park scheduled for 2011, mark May 27 on your calendar to celebrate the "Last Dam Summer Party."

Dining At The Parks: National Park Restaurants Striving To Raise the Culinary Bar

Like to mix food and national parks? Consider these special food attractions at Shenandoah, Mesa Verde, and Olympic national parks.

Parks Are Well-Represented in the Latest National Register of Big Trees

The General Sherman tree.
How would you determine if a tree qualifies as a "national champion"? The National Register of Big Trees has the answers, and the 70th anniversary edition of that list just been released in a new online format. Sites in the National Park System are well-represented, including the home of "the earth's largest living thing."

New Fishing Regs Take Effect May 1 in Olympic National Park

With fishing season right around the corner in Olympic National Park, officials there want to bring anglers up-to-date on changes in the park's fishing regulations.

Plan An Earth Day Visit To Olympic National Park to Help Clean Up the Park

Earth Day is only a few weeks off, and if you're still wondering how to celebrate it, consider lending a hand to clean up Olympic National Park.
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