• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • Spruce Railroad Trail Closed from Lyre River Trailhead to Devil’s Punchbowl

    The trail will be closed for improvements 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 »

Coastal Food Storage

As of May 2013, all food, garbage and scented items must be stored in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted. Bear canisters are available for loan at the WIC and some park ranger stations for a $3 suggested donation.

Along the coast, especially at Cape Alava and Sand Point in the Ozette area, years of heavy use, feeding of wildlife, and improper food storage have habituated raccoons to stealing human food. Raccoons are clever, resourceful and aggressive. They can climb ropes, hang from tree branches and leap long distances. Raccoons have learned how to work toggles and zippers, and can unscrew containers.

Do not feed any wild animals!

To protect wildlife, yourself and your gear:

NEVER leave unsecured food unattended. Turning your back for a moment is long enough for a raccoon to snatch your food.

Store your food, garbage and scented items in Bear Canisters at all times.

Keep a clean camp.

Any type of gear is susceptible to raccoon thievery. Store any unhung, unscented gear inside your tent (NO FOOD).

 
Black bear

Black bear

Black bears also live in the coastal wilderness and frequent tide pool areas. Be sure to protect your food and gear from bears also.

Did You Know?

dam with water flowing

Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.