Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground during removal of the Glines Canyon Dam. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha.
Changes in Winter Activity Schedule Announced
Budget uncertainties lead to changes in visitor services this winter. More »
Climbing Mount Olympus
Ecosystem type: Glacier, Alpine
Permits/Reservations: Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight trips. Obtain permits in person at the WIC in Port Angeles or at the Hoh Visitor Center. Reservations should be made for parties of 7-12 persons and for groups with stock animals. Reservations can also be made for Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Hoh Lake and the 7 Lakes Basin Area. All other sites are first come, first served.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations.
In early season several steep snow slopes exist along this trail. An ice axe and crampons may be required for much of the spring and early summer. It may also be difficult to follow sections of trail due to snow. Map and compass skills may also be required during winter, spring and early summer.
During Winter months, travel above Elk Lake is not recommended due to steep avalanche chutes. Ropes and anchors may be necessary to cross these safety.
Climbing Mt. Olympus should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers who have glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills and gear.
Did You Know?
The Belted Kingfisher will hover in place directly over a river, lake, or pond, watching for fish before diving to catch them.