Obstruction Point Road at Hurricane Ridge in the Olympic National Park will be fully open to public access on Friday, July 26. Road crews are nearly finished clearing and grading the road surface between Waterhole and the road’s terminus at the Obstruction Point trailhead.
The Obstruction Point Road is Olympic National Park’s highest elevation road, leading from Hurricane Ridge (5,242 feet above sea level) approximately eight miles east to Obstruction Point at 6,150 feet. It is typically open mid-July through mid-October, depending on snow and weather conditions.
The timeline for opening the Obstruction Point Road this year has been dependent on natural snowmelt. The road has not been plowed due to reductions in supplies and materials funding, as well as reduced maintenance staffing as a result of the mandatory 5 percent budget sequester, according to Park officials.
Road information is available by calling Olympic National Park’s recorded information line at 360-565-3131 or online at nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/current-road-conditions.htm