Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park reopens Whiskey Bend Road

February 2, 2012, 12:13 pm

The popular trail is one of area's best winter hikes

Olympic National Park officials have reopened the Whiskey Bend Road, restoring access to one of winter's best day-hiking and backpacking trails.

The gravel and dirt road has been closed since a storm in December 2010, took out a portion of the roadbed, according to Barb Maynes, Olympic National Park spokeswoman. When engineers checked out the damage, they found areas where support logs under the road had eroded, making the road unsafe for vehicle travel.

Hikers and mountain bicyclists have been able to use the road to walk or pedal the 5 miles to the Elwha River Trailhead.

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