Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus

Olympic Marmot Marmota olympus
Marmot Alarm Call

The Olympic Marmot (Marmota olympus) occurs only in the high country of the Olympic Mountains. The marmots occupy several easily accessible areas in in the Hurricane Ridge area at or above 5,000 feet elevation, including the meadows near the Hurricane Ridge Lodge.

Image 1 shows the usual view, but marmots are often relatively calm about humans, and a photographer can sometimes get the closer both physically and with telephoto lenses.

These photos come from the Obstruction Point Road and the Hurricane Hill trail. All the marmots I’ve seen sport ear tags.

Over the course of a seaon, marmot coats change from gold to dark brown, starting at the head end. D. G. Elliot commented on this coat color change in Catalogue of Mammals from the Olympic Mountains Washington With Descriptions of New Species, 1899.

Image 6 shows part of a marmot skull we found while hiking.