• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7

    The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.

  • Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5

    Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats

    NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »

  • Safety Advisory: Rabies

    Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »

Field Trip Safety Considerations

Weather at Olympic National Park constantly changes and trip safety is paramount. Be prepared for diverse and hazardous conditions and inclement weather at any time of year.

Safety Considerations

  • First Aid Trained Personnel - Dependent upon you school policy, we recommend that at least one member of your party is certified in First Aid and CPR.
  • First Aid Kit - A well-stocked first aid kit is a necessity.
  • Chaperones - We recommend one adult chaperone per 8 to 12 students.
  • Weather - Please check the latest forecast prior to your field trip.
  • Slips, Trips, and Falls - Be prepared for wet, slippery and obstacle laden trails. Proper foot wear and sound trail etiquette will mitigate injuries and accidents due to slips, trips and falls.
  • Inclement Weather Plan - Have a back up plan prepared and ready if conditions change or if facilities are closed due to adverse weather conditions.
  • Hurricane Ridge - If planning a trip to Hurricane Ridge in winter please visit the following page or check the current conditions at the ridge.
  • Coastal Trips - If planning a trip to the coast, please review current tide charts as well as additional hazards specific to the coast.

Did You Know?

DYK fisher release

Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.