BRNNON — A landslide late Thursday morning temporarily blocked the Mount Walker Lookout Road in the Olympic National Forest for about four hours, according to Brinnon Fire Chief Tim Manly.
The road was blocked about a mile from the parking area, but U.S. Highway 101 was not affected, according to a Brinnon Fire Department Facebook post at about 11 a.m.
Manly said a tourist trapped on the other side of the landslide was rescued along with her car and reunited with her family in Quilcene.
“We used an excavator and heavy equipment and cleared the road. So now’s it is ready to close for season,” he said.
Mt. Walker Viewpoint Road (Forest Service Road 2730) is a four-mile gravel road to the summit of Mount Walker (2,804 feet). It is the only peak facing Puget Sound that has a road to its summit, according to the U.S. National Forest Service’s website.
The road typically is closed for the season beginning Nov. 1 or earlier.