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Mudslide Closes Olympic National Park’s Graves Creek

Olympic National park Officials have closed the road to graves Creek in the Quinault Rainforest due to a mudslide.

Olympic National park Officials have closed the road to graves Creek in the Quinault Rainforest due to a mudslide.

12/16/2014

 

A mudslide on the road to graves Creek campground and trailhead in Olympic National Park is closed for the foreseeable future. The road around North and South Shore is still open, as is the road to the North Fork of the Quinault River, but access to the more-popular graves Creek region is closed. Park officials have no timeframe for reopening the road, as the wet winter weather is just getting started. Mudslides washing out roads is common around the Olympic Peninsula and in the Park. In 2002, a landslide washed away the road leading to the Dosewallips Ranger Station. It has never been repaired.

 

Graves Creek is the site of amazing camping, hiking and backpacking, being one of the few access points to reach the previously troubled Enchanted Valley Chalet, located in the heart of Olympic National Park. Pony Bridge, another wildly popular trail is cut-off from use, as is the Graves Creek Campground.

 

In other road closure news, the other five roads closed due to the early December Storm of 2014 have open. Visitors to the Hoh Region need to be aware of a lane closure near mile marker three long the Upper Hoh Road. One lane is closed due to a a bump in the road causes by a tree. As with the Quinault slide, a timetable for repairs has not been issues.

 

Updates on all roads in Olympic National Park can be found HERE

 

Pony Bridge, near Lake Quinault

Pony Bridge, near Lake Quinault

 

 

 

 

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3 Responses so far.

  1. ExoticHikes says:

    None at the moment, but I will be calling Monday morning for an update and will make sure to include all information on this post.

  2. Tim says:

    Just to let everyone know, as of 1/5/15 at 9:30 PST, the Graves Creek Road has reopened! So no need to freak out about ruined planes like I’ve been! Huzzah!

    • ExoticHikes says:

      Great to know! Thanks for the update. Hopefully, the NPS page updates soon to reflect the change, as it still reads that the South Shore Road is closed.

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