Restoring the wilderness camp area at Lake Angeles will involve helicopter flights early this week, as well as a trail and trailhead closure at Heart O’the Hills in Olympic National Park.
The Lake Angeles-Heather Park Trailhead will be closed, along with the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails. Hikers may still access Klahhane Ridge from the Switchback and Klahhane Ridge trails, but both the Lake Angeles and Heather Park trails will be closed between Klahhane Ridge and Heart O’the Hills, said a park news release. The Heart O’the Hills Campground will remain open, although campers should be aware of high noise levels during daylight hours from the nearby helicopter flights.
Lake Angeles is approximately 4,200 feet in elevation, and is in the northern part of the park between Heart O’the Hills and Hurricane Ridge.
Weather permitting, the flights and trail closures will occur Monday and Tuesday. If the weather does not cooperate, flights will be rescheduled for later in the week or the following week.
During the two-day closure, helicopters will be used to transport logs from the Heart o’ the Hills trailhead area to Lake Angeles. The logs are remnants of wind-thrown trees and were slated for removal from the area because of the fire hazard they represent for nearby private homes in the Lake Dawn area, the news release said.
After transport to Lake Angeles, the logs will be used to delineate camp areas and trails as part of the restoration project. In addition, the project will include revegetating more than 8,000 square feet of bare ground. Native plants grown in the Olympic National Park Matt Albright Native Plant Center at Robin Hill Farm County Park will be used.
This project will restore the native vegetation and wilderness character in the Lake Angeles area by improving the designated campsites and social trails, replanting bare ground with native plants and maintaining lakeshore access through delineated trails, according to the release.
For more information and hiking and wilderness exploration in the park, go to the park’s web site or call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100.