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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 11:28 am 
Hoosierdaddy wrote:
Road closure update from Olympic Nat'l Park Service:
http://home.nps.gov/applications/digest/headline.cfm?type=Incidents&id=2970

Bummer....I had a weekend trip to Cape Alava all planned out.  mad.gif

FYI, ONP people say the Hoko-Ozette Road is open again.

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 3:38 pm 
Olympic National Park Road Update

Park crews continue to make progress in clearing roads and assessing

damage from last weekend’s heavy rains and floods.  A road engineer from

the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will work in the park this

weekend to evaluate damage to park roads and explore options for making

repairs and restoring vehicle access.

A summary of known damage follows.

•  Hoh Road – remains closed at its intersection with Highway 101, while

Jefferson County and Olympic National Park continue to make damage

assessments.   Areas of significant damage have been found in both the

county and park owned sections of road.

Significant damage occurred at Twin Creek where a 65-foot long and

25-foot deep section of road has been completely washed away.  Options

for restoring vehicle access will be evaluated with the FHWA engineer

this weekend.

Park crews are evaluating damage to the utility systems (water,

electric, phone) today and will examine the remaining five-mile

section of road over weekend.

•  Quinault North Shore Road – The east abutment of the Finley Creek

Bridge was significantly damaged by floodwaters.  Park crews are

currently working to stabilize the compromised abutment to prevent

further damage.  The bridge remains closed to all traffic, as does the

road east of the bridge.

•  Quinault South Shore Road has been cleared and is passable.  Debris

remains along the road shoulders and the road surface is rough; caution

is advised.

•  The North Fork Road is closed because of erosion in vicinity of the

campground.

•  Crews are working today to remove fallen trees and gain access to the

Graves Creek Road. Road damage will be assessed this weekend.

The Hurricane Ridge Road is closed today because of snow and icy

conditions.

Dosewallips, Staircase and Queets Roads remain closed due to previous

damage and unsafe conditions. The Deer Park Road is closed for the

season.

The Elwha, Lake Crescent, Sol Duc, Mora, Ozette and Kalaloch areas are

open.  Visitors are urged to use caution when traveling through the park

and to come prepared for a variety of weather conditions, including high

winds and heavy rain which are forecast for later this week.

For current road information, people should call the Olympic National

Park recorded road and weather information line at 360-565-3131.

-- NPS --

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:26 pm 
middle fork road blocked at MP 14.5

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:27 pm 
Some photos of the damage to Mt Rainier NP can be seen here: Mount Rainier Climbing blog.

Mike Gauthier has some great shots of the damage as well as reporting wind gusts up to 120MPH on Nov. 6th at Camp Muir...incredible.

And also mentions rain fall recorded over 18" thus far since the storm(s) began.

I also heard that all log bridges on the Wonderland Trail are out...not surprising.

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:30 pm 
gorp wrote:
middle fork road blocked at MP 14.5

Damn!  mad.gif

Is this near the new campground?

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:44 pm 
Randy wrote:
gorp wrote:
middle fork road blocked at MP 14.5

Damn!  mad.gif

Is this near the new campground?

Actually that sounds like one of the usual spots by Garfield. The Taylor River trail head is at 12.6 miles

Poached from Vtrail.com, driving instructions for Taylor River trail

"Continue for 12.2 miles (gravel road starts in 2.5 miles) to the junction after bridge crossing. Road #56 turns right, but you should go straight on Taylor River Road #5620 for another 0.4 mile to the gate"

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:51 pm 
Well, that's good enough. That gets me far enough up there for a worth while after-work trip tomorrow.

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 4:54 pm 
I just looked at Gauthier's website for the first time. Awesome. up.gif

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 5:19 pm 
i'll bet the usual garfield washout boulder field is unreal this time around. take a camera randy!

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 9:13 pm 
Westside road an MRNP is gone.  Bye bye.  Seeya later.

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PostThu Nov 09, 2006 10:00 pm 
Any bets on whether the Enchanted Valley Chalet survived?

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PostFri Nov 10, 2006 7:20 am 
Just saw that the Money Creek Road is washed out 3 miles up. No big surprise there, I guess. frown.gif

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PostFri Nov 10, 2006 9:21 am 
No one has mentioned it, but I would guess that the brand new bridge on the Monte Cristo road is probably gone. If so, it sure had a short life "span," about as long as Galloping Gertie back in 1940.

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PostFri Nov 10, 2006 9:35 am 
Just read that Road 9030/9031 is washed out where they split. Those are the roads to Talapus/Olallie Lakes and Mason Lake. Don't know any additional details or how bad the slide is.

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PostFri Nov 10, 2006 11:06 am 
I pulled this off of cc.com:

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Middle Fork Snoqualmie washed out at Burntboot Creek. Trailbed is completely gone. We couldn't even find where it resumed after looking for a while. Good news is that there is now a large cedar log that will allow easy crossing of the Burntboot Creek. A trail will have to be built to it though.

Also on the Middlefork Trail there is a large tree down on boardwalk about a mile east of Dingford Creek. A log bridge has rotted out and collapsed on a tributary just west of Wildcat Creek.

The Middlefork Road is washed out about a mile or so past the hairpin turn below Hell Hill. Another mile in the roadbed is covered in rocks washed down from above. That one will take quite a bit of work to clear. Other than those two, the road is pretty good.

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