Olympic Fires Close Trails
Olympic National Park has closed several trails in the southeast corner of the park due to the Mt. Hopper Fire.
The Hopper Fire in Olympic National Park north of Lake Cushman has expanded to more than 325 acres and is projected to grow as temperatures remain hot, dry and windy in the afternoon.
As a precaution, Olympic National Park has closed several trails in the vicinity.
- North Skokomish River trail, between Nine Stream and the Duckabush River trail via Home Sweet Home.
- Scout Lake trail to St. Peter's Gate and Mount Stone
- The way trail to Hagen Lake
- Mount Hopper trail
Anyone who is planning to hike on any trails from the Olympic's Staircase entrance, to Upper Lena Lake, or more than 12 miles in on the Duckabush should contact the park's Wilderness Information Center (360.565.3100) or website for the most current trail conditions. People may also call 260.565.2975 for a recorded message about the fire.
Hikers who do hike on the southeast side of the Olympics should expect to encounter smoke. At this time, Olympic National Park is allowing this fire to burn, as it is not threatening structures, property or any lives. It is expected to grow in size, however, and yesterday's path took it closer to the North Fork Skokomish River trail.
Those interested in more details, including a map, about this fire can find them on InciWeb - a western states' clearninghouse for fire information.