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Category: Olympic National Park

May
23rd

Plenty of camping options for Memorial Day weekend

Campers will have plenty of options this holiday weekend, thanks in part to early snowmelt.

In the southeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park, the 188 campsites at Ohanapecosh Campground opens Friday. Cougar Rock Campground, between Longmire and Paradise, will not open until June 27 instead of Friday. The 173-site campground will be open six fewer weeks because of sequestration.

Park officials also said Stevens Canyon Road will open at noon Friday, not 8 a.m. as previously announced, as long as the weather.

At Olympic National Park, campgrounds opening this weekend or shifting from primitive camping to running water include

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April
4th

Get your outdoor club’s info into our special section

We are preparing a special section on summer outdoor recreation options in Western Washington. One element of the content will be a listing of outdoors groups in the South Sound.

So, here’s the deal. Your group can get a free mention in the section, but you have to send us the information.

Here is what we would you like to send us: club name, main activity you participate in, major event club hosts; general meeting time and location; website and/or phone number.

Here is an example: South Sound Chapter-Puget Sound Anglers: Salmon fishing; hosts the South Sound Salmon Derby in

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March
29th

Man cited after landing ultralight aircraft on Olympic National Park beach to view Japanese dock tsunami debris

A statement released today by Olympic National Park:

A Forks, Washington pilot was contacted and cited by an Olympic National Park Ranger after landing an ultralight aircraft on a beach within the wilderness coast of the park on March 4.   The plane was observed by park employees who were working on the coast and he was contacted at Forks airport by a ranger and cited.

The man said he landed there in order to look at the Japanese dock which washed up on the beach after the tsunami.

The pilot was also given a written warning by a law enforcement

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March
28th

Crews complete removal of dock from Olympic Beach

Crews today finished removing the 185-ton dock that washed ashore in December near La Push. The dock had been washed out to sea during the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Workers from The Undersea Co. of Port Townsend, removed the last of the dock’s concrete and plastic foam from the beach and the inland landing site. The dock came ashore on Olympic National Park land north of the mouth of the Hoh River.

The work, which began on March 17, was was challenging.

“Imagine opening up a 185-ton concrete package filled with foam packing peanuts while standing near a helicopter

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March
19th

Long-time seasonal ranger at Olympic National Park, Bob Downing, dies

Long-time career seasonal ranger Robert “Bob” Downing died Feb. 26. His death was noted today on the National Park Service website:

His family posted this obituary:

“My daughters and son-in-law were discussing with me how we could ever come up with an obituary that could even begin to express how deeply each of us in our family have been affected by this beloved husband, father and grandfather. Our son, Marc, called and asked us to read a tribute he had written about his dad which he shared in an open letter to his friends. As we read it we knew

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Nov.
5th

REI to open new store in Silverdale

REI plans to open a store in Silverdale, the Kent-based company announced this morning.

In a statement released today by the 74-year-old company, it announced the 24,500-square-foot store will be located at the intersection of Randall Way and Myhre Place. The store will include a bike shop, rental department and space for community meetings and classes.

“Our new Silverdale store will be much more convenient for more than 15,000 active REI members who reside along the Kitsap Peninsula,” Kevin Golic, an REI retail director, said in the prepared statement. “We look forward to providing REI’s quality products, advice and service

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Oct.
18th

US101 reopens one lane of alternating traffic at Lake Crescent

A rock slide that closed U.S. Highway 101 at Lake Crescent Wednesday has been cleared to reopen one lane of the road to alternating traffic at mile 228, the Washington State Department of Transportation said at 6 p.m.

Geologists deemed the hillside stable, WSDOT said.

Workers have resumed a rock-scaling construction project at the site.

Only one lane of the road will be open until the project is finished.

Oct.
17th

Rock slides close section of Highway 101

A rock slide has forced the closure of Highway 101 near Lake Crescent.

Here’s the statement from Olympic National Park:

A rock slide at Milepost 228 has closed Highway101 along Lake Crescent. All through traffic has been detoured from the Lake Crescent area to Highway 112.

Temporary detour signs are being placed by Washington State Department of Transportation employees at the Highway 101-Highway 112 intersection at Laird’s Corner just west of Port Angeles and at the Highway 101-Highway 113 intersection at Sappho.

A rock scaling and cliff bolting project has been ongoing at Milepost 228 since October 5.  The rock slides began late yesterday and have

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