One of Olympic National Park‘s iconic trails has reopened after closing in August of 2014 for repairs. The trail, which leads to the summit of Pyramid Peak, was closed due to unsafe conditions that led hikers up and across an extremely sketchy slide area. For the last few months, work crews (NPS Staff and WTA Volunteers) have been repairing the dangerous sections of the exposed trail and as of Feb 25th, 2015, the trail is once again reopened to hikers.
Pyramid Peak served as a WWII lookout station for enemy planes coming toward the bases of the Puget Sound. At 7 miles round trip, and climbing 2,500 feet to 3,089 feet above sea level, the trail gives one of the more majestic views of Lake Crescent and the surround areas of the northern end of Olympic National Park. Trail information can be found HERE, as well as at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, Washington.
The full text of the Press Release is as follows:
Pyramid Peak Trail at Lake Crescent Reopens after Re-routing and Repairs
Olympic National Park’s Pyramid Peak Trail has reopened after a nearly six-month closure. The trail closed in late August 2104 because of unsafe conditions in a slide-prone area.
The park’s trail crew, working with members of the Washington Trails Association, has re-routed the trail around the active slide area. The new route crosses the slide area at a lower elevation, with the goal of providing safer and more sustainable travel.
The Pyramid Peak Trail is 3.5 miles long and rises approximately 2,500 feet from the trailhead on Camp David Junior Road to the summit of Pyramid Peak.
For information on day-hiking opportunities in the Lake Crescent area or elsewhere in Olympic National Park, visitors should check the ‘Trip Planning’ section of the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/olym.
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