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Olympics Hurricane Ridge Road Closed in April

March 5 2004 at 7:33 PM
Scott  (Login dipper)

Response to 2004 Advisories


The road to Olympic National Park's most popular destination -- snow-topped Hurricane Ridge -- will be closed for all of April so the park can fix roads elsewhere.

And also starting in April, the park's visitor station in Forks will be closed, and the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center's daily operation will be cut to five days a week.

A strained budget is forcing park Superintendent Bill Laitner and his staff to shift resources starting in April, he said Wednesday.

But the road closure and visitor center cutbacks are no April Fool's joke to North Olympic Peninsula tourism officials, who fear a business dropoff during the period.

Nearly 8,000 people visited the Ridge last April.

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