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Graves Creek Road Repairs Start in Olympic National Park

Posted by Loren D at Sep 14, 2016 09:45 AM |

Road repairs will limit all access to trails like Graves Creek and the Enchanted Valley Chalet during late September and early October.

Graves Creek Road Damage
This summer, hikers needed to walk an additional 2 miles to reach the trailhead. Photo from trip reporter Adam Reineke.

Olympic National Park will begin repairs to several washouts on the Quinault Valley’s Graves Creek Road on Monday, Sept. 19. The Graves Creek Road sustained severe damage during last winter’s storm and has been partially closed ever since.

To provide for public safety during the upcoming repairs, the road will be completely closed to all entry, including foot, bicycle and stock access, during the repair project. The project and closure is anticipated to take two weeks, with the road scheduled to reopen in early October.

While the Graves Creek Road is closed, there will be no access to the Graves Creek Trailhead. Access to Pony Bridge and the Enchanted Valley will be available only from trailheads on the park’s east side.

Finley Creek Bridge Repairs

The Olympic National Park road crew will also be making repairs on the wood decking of the Finley Creek Bridge on the Quinault North Shore Road between Sept. 12-15. The project will require daytime closures of the bridge (6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) during that time. The North Shore Road will remain open, with alternative access to the upper portion of the road available via the South Shore Road.