Landslide risk forces closure of Olympic National Park's Pyramid Peak Trail

By Peninsula Daily News staff

PORT ANGELES — Landslide hazards have forced the closure Olympic National Park's popular Pyramid Peak Trail at Lake Crescent, the park announced.

The park hopes to reroute the trail with the help of the Washington Trails Association and have the new route open this fall.

The 3.5-mile trail crosses an area prone to slide activity and “the active slide area has created a hazardous situation and led to the closure,” according to park officials.

The new route will cross the same slide area, but at a lower elevation in hopes of providing safer travel.

Until it was closed Tuesday, Pyramid Peak Trail has been accessible from the North Shore Picnic Area along Camp David Jr. Road, about 25 miles west of Port Angeles.

The trail, rising about 2,500 feet, leads to the summit of Pyramid Mountain (3,010-feet), an iconic, pyramid-shaped peak located on the north shore of Lake Crescent.

Last modified: August 27. 2014 10:21AM
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