Olympic National Park: Graves Creek Road section washed out in heavy rainfall

The early heavy rains are taking their toll on remote roads — some still unrepaired from past wet winters — in Olympic National Park.

Heavy rains during the past week have washed out a 200-foot section of the already damaged Graves Creek Road in west Jefferson County.

The washout is 1.7 miles east of the Quinault River Bridge, park officials said Tuesday. The bridge is located near the intersection of North Shore and South Shore roads, east of Lake Quinault.

Park officials had previously closed a portion of the road because of a prior washout.

Graves Creek Road is the second forest road affected by heavy rainfall within the past week.

Olympic National Forest officials have also closed Forest Service Road No. 24 leading to the Staircase entrance of Olympic National Park following a landslide.

A 300-foot slide 1.5 miles east of the park boundary last Tuesday prompted the closure near Lake Cushman, in the remote southeast corner of the park.

The road was not damaged, but the slide poses a danger, forest officials said.

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