Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.
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 »
New Reservation System for Olympic National Park Wilderness Camping; Updated Program Begins April 1
Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
Contact: Rainey McKenna, 360-565-2985
Reservation requests for wilderness camping areas with overnight use limits will be accepted by fax or postal mail beginning Monday, April 1, 2013.Phone reservations are no longer accepted.
Overnight use limits for high-use wilderness camp areas are in effect between May 1 and September 30 to help minimize human impacts and provide a quality wilderness experience. Reservations are recommended.
Reservations for camp areas without overnight use limits are not required and are not accepted.Permits for these areas are not limited and may be picked up at a permit office just before a hike.
Wilderness camping permits are required for all overnight stays in Olympic National Park backcountry areas. Permit fees are $5 to register a group and an additional $2 per person per night for anyone 16 or older. The full permit fee will be charged for all reservations. The fee is non-refundable.
Overnight use limits are in effect from May through September for the following high-use wilderness camp areas:
Ozette Coast Royal Basin/Royal Lake areaGrand Valley and Badger Valley areaLake Constance Upper Lena Lake Flapjack LakesSol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin/Mink Lake areaHoh Lake and C.B. Flats Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows Group and stock camp sites along the Hoh River Trail
Camping is permitted only in designated sites within these areas.
Reservations can be submitted by fax or mail using the form found at http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/upload/wilderness-permit-reservation-form.pdf
Additional information is available online at http://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/wilderness-permits.htm.
Did You Know?
...that one criterion for the determination of a temperate rain forest is that the amount of moss and other epiphytes exceeds the weight of all the foliage (leaves and needles) per acre by at least two times.