Olympic forest shuts Big Creek Campground

Staff reportJanuary 26, 2014 

Big Creek Campground and adjacent trails in Olympic National Forest will close in early February for approximately nine months. The closure is necessary to ensure public safety while timber harvest operations and campground upgrades are underway.

The following trails will be closed while the work is in progress:

 • Big Creek Campground Trail No. 827. The closure includes the entire length of this 1.1 mile loop trail.

 • Upper Big Creek Loop Trail No. 827.1 (east side). The closure includes the east side of the upper loop trail from the Big Creek Confluence Trail No. 827.3 to the Big Creek Campground Trail No. 827.

An alternate route, located off of Forest Service Road 24 on the west side of Big Creek Campground, will allow visitors to access the west side of the Upper Big Creek Loop Trail No. 827.1, and the Mount Ellinor Connector Trail No. 827.2.

Work on the campground includes creating a new tent camping area, new group camping sites with picnic shelters and fire rings, additional RV sites, a host site, new toilets, new picnic tables, new kiosks, a new accessible trail, additional parking and a water distribution system.

The campground improvements are funded through the 2009 Cushman Hydropower relicense project. The closure is expected to last until November.

“This closure creates a temporary inconvenience but the public can look forward to many new campground amenities,” Dean Yoshina, Hood Canal District ranger, said in the news release.

The campground, located 9 miles northwest of Hoodsport near Lake Cushman, currently has 22 campsites. Also nearby is the Staircase entrance to Olympic National Park.

For additional information about this project or the related closures, contact the Hood Canal Ranger District at 360-765-2200.

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