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Tag: Hurricane Ridge winter access


Low visitation forces Olympic National Park to scale back access to Hurricane Ridge

Low visitation is leading Olympic National Park to close the road to Hurricane Ridge on most weekdays during the winter.

After a two-year trial to study the economic impact of a daily road schedule, the park has decided to return to a Friday-Sunday winter plan starting next month.

“Despite the best efforts of our local community, Olympic National Park employees and National Park Service staff in Washington, D.C., weekday winter access to Hurricane Ridge did not lead to a sufficient increase in visitors,” Todd Suess, Olympic National Park Acting Superintendent, said in a prepared statement. “Unfortunately, given the fiscal realities

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Winter access to Hurricane Ridge will be open seven days a week under trial program

Community efforts have raised the $75,000 needed to help keep winter access to Hurricane Ridge open seven days a week.

The campaign reached its target Monday, allowing Olympic National Park staff to begin recruiting the additional employees and purchasing supplies needed to maintain daily access this winter.

This winter will be the first year of a two- to three-year trial period to provide daily winter access to Hurricane Ridge, while measuring the regional economic and tourism benefits of the new schedule, according to a park news release issued today.

The total additional amount needed to provide seven-day-a-week winter access is

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