I love sharing pictures from around the park of my personal adventures with you and I love to see you getting out to #findyourpark and tagging ONP in your images. I'm looking to feature more of your current adventures from around the park on our page. Especially of areas we have not highlighted recently (like Staircase). Tag @olympicnationalpark in your post and let us know when and where you snapped your image for the chance of a feature. Happy exploring and have a great weekend, πŸ“·Ranger Megan #elwhavalley #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #optoutside #getupandgetout #findyourpark


People often ask me if the beach really needs all those drift logs because they don't appear to be "doing anything". Of course these questions get asked in the summer when the importance of these logs can be easily overlooked. Visit the beach in the winter during high tide and the role of the logs become apparent. . . . While there is not a ton of research, one paper I read stated that most of the logs lining our coastline come from the Columbia River watershed(local sources making up much of the rest). The water flowing from the mouth of the river travels north and deposits the logs on our beaches; this is also why you see more drift logs along Washington's coastline compared to Oregon's. . . . . These logs act as an important buffer taking the brunt of the wave energy from the sea and sparing the total impact on the land. They stabilize the back of the beach and help prevent erosion. . . . . If you have never been to the beach in the winter, you might scratch your head at the idea that these forest giants can and do move. It is an impressive sight indeed to watch huge trees get tossed around like matchsticks in the surf. . . . Always use caution in and around these drift logs as they can be unstable. Know the time and height of the tide and for the best access, go during the lowest tide of your visit. . . . Have fun and be safe out there, Ranger Megan . . . #rialtobeach #driftlogs #beachlogs #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #saturdaymorningscience #onedaylate #optoutside #getupandgetout

With the excitement of winter recreation comes the responsibility of traveling safely in the backcountry. While observing snowpack, rangers found this slab avalanche that occurred last weekend near Hurricane Ridge. Conditions in the mountains are constantly changing, and have changed since this photo. We are expecting a warm, dry weekend, but don't let the sunshine fool you: avalanche danger exists. Remember to always check avalanche conditions before venturing into the backcountry and never set out without the proper equipment. The Northwest Avalanche Center provides current avalanche safety and updated weather information at Stay safe out there!Β  Ranger Taylor NPS Photo S. Crosier #hurricaneridge #winterrecreation #avalanchesafety #nwac #safetyfirst #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #optoutside #getupandgetout


And a river runs through it! After flooding last month, much of the Elwha River now flows over what used to be the road and around the old Elwha Campground. The road will remain gated near the entrance at the parking area for Madison Falls. There is no anticipated date for repairs. . . . Over the last two years the park has worked to maintain access into the Elwha Valley through road repairs and a temporary bridge. In addition, the park started the planning process for the future of the Olympic Hot Springs Road to address long-term, sustainable access. Part of this process includes analyzing various options such as modifying the current roadway or relocating it to an area outside the floodplain. The planning process will yield alternatives, one of which will be implemented in 2020-2021. Video taken from the old road looking south and panning from east to west. . . . πŸ“Ή Ranger Megan . . #elwhariver #olympichotspringrd #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #sharetheexperience #optoutside

Park visitors who come to Olympic beaches during summer months often enjoy the splendid display of tidepool organisms that are exposed during extreme low tides. What many people might not realize is that here in the Pacific Northwest, during the fall and winter months (October to March) the lowest tides all occur in the dead of night. This happens due to the change in position of the Earth, Sun and Moon. . This creates a particular challenge for park scientists who maintain instruments deployed in intertidal areas. Park scientists suit up in dry suits with headlamps on those few days when the tides are low and the storm waves have subsided. . @johnnyroadtrip got out on his visit and found some intertidal organisms during the day. The second photo shows Bill Baccus, a park scientist, swaping out a multiprobe used to measure tidepool chemistry, like pH, temperature, salinity and dissolved oxygen. . This research is part of the National Park Service's ocean acidification monitoring program. Monitoring intertidal chemistry is important as changes in pH levels effect the ability of shelled organisms to produce calcium carbonate, a key component in shell hardening and development. . Physical Scientist Bill Baccus . . πŸ“·1 @johnnyroadtrip πŸ“·2 NPS Photo . #saturdaymorningscience #tidepoolmonitoring #oceanacidification #olympiccoast #olympicnationalpark #onp #nps #doi #pnw #usinterior

Hurricane Ridge Winter Access opened late today with restrictions. Chains required on all vehicles past mile marker 12. Uphill gate closes at 3pm. Visibility is limited up top, use caution if you are driving up and exploring today. For updated information on Winter Access, follow our @HRWinterAccess Twitter page. The Twitter account provides the most current information on road, weather and access conditions. Many thanks to @christealina for sharing the pic she snapped up at Hurricane Ridge last weekend. Be prepared and know the limitations of your group before you head out. Have fun and stay safe, Ranger Megan #hurricaneridge #winteraccess #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #optoutside #getupandgetout

If you have only walked up Rialto Beach to Hole in the Wall in the summer, chances are you never even knew you were crossing over Ellen Creek. Summertime brings low flows and the creek typically percolates instead of pushing through the sand. Winter rains increase the flow and the creek can rage and become impassable. High tides, coupled with winter surf can make accessing Olympic beaches challenging to impossible. Be prepared, use caution and when in doubt, don't attempt stream crossings. Ranger Megan πŸ“· #rialtobeach #ellencreek #onp #nps #doi #pnw #olympicnationalpark #usinterior #optoutside #getupandgetout #citizenscience