Think safety when outdoors

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK — Officials have issued guidelines for safely backpacking, snowshoeing, skiing or taking a day hike in Olympic National Park.

Visitors are asked to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and also practice Leave No Trace principles.

• Know before you go. Visit nps.gov/olym for current park conditions. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials and if you are sick, stay home.

• Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.

• Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in one’s household. Give others plenty of room whether on a trail, at a boat launch or in a parking lot. Follow CDC social distancing guidelines for staying 6 feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.

• Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.

• Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas. Follow Leave No Trace principles.

• Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

— Olympic National Park sources

More in News

Carolyn Lewis, who's considering a move to Port Townsend from Geyserville, Calif., ascended the Bliss Vista Trail at Fort Worden State Park on Wednesday afternoon to behold the Salish Sea and Cascade Mountains. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Bliss vista

Carolyn Lewis, who’s considering a move to Port Townsend from Geyserville, Calif.,… Continue reading

Peninsula COVID-19 cases, infection rates reported

Sunday’s toll: 12 more in Clallam, none in Jefferson

Jefferson Transit's Uptown Port Townsend shuttle is part of full restoration of bus service across Jefferson County. (Diane Urbani de la Paz/Peninsula Daily News)
Jefferson Transit surveys opinions on bus to Kingston ferry

Responses flood in after poll questions posted last week

Port Townsend City Council investigating potential changes to PDA pact

Chartering municipality looks for more oversight

Port Angeles man seeks permit to grow pot

Charges under review after plants found in December

Geoduck harvesting fatal for Port Angeles diver, 35

Air cord apparently tangled in debris

Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News
Barricades block a section of Race Street at Park Avenue in Port Angeles as a crew trims trees on Tuesday.
Repairs of Race Street section to begin in two weeks

Repairs to a damaged section of South Race Street… Continue reading

TEASER
Friends, neighbors keep mask tree going

For 11 months, Danette Bemis and friends have been extending… Continue reading

Most Read