• Olympic: Three Parks in One


    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 »

Exploring the Mountains

green meadows with clumps of evergreen trees and cliffs with snow patches in background
Late-lingering snow dots north-facing slopes in summer.

Mile-High Scenery

Scenic vistas, wildflower-dotted meadows and gnarled subalpine forests reward visitors to Olympic's high country.

Learn more about plants and animals of the Olympic high country.

Hurricane Ridge

Seventeen miles south of Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge is the park's most easily reached mountain destination. The paved Hurricane Ridge Road is open 24 hours a day from mid-May through mid-autumn. During the "snow months", the road is scheduled to be open from 9:00 a.m until dusk, Friday through Sunday, holiday Mondays, and additional days during the Christmas holiday, weather and road conditions permitting.

Hurricane Ridge offers a visitor center, self-guided nature trails, a snack bar and gift shop, ranger-led programs in summer and winter weekends and a nearby picnic area. Camping is available at Heart O' the Hills.

Visiting Hurricane Ridge

Deer Park

Reached by an 18-mile winding gravel road, Deer Park offers spectacular alpine scenery, a small tents-only campground and hiking trails. A ranger station is staffed intermittently during summer and fall.

The last nine miles of this steep mountain road are gravel-surfaced, winding and narrow. Please use caution and note that the Deer Park Road is not suitable for RVs or trailers. From late fall until melt-out in late spring, the road is closed at the park boundary.

More information and map of Deer Park (pdf)

Did You Know?

View of the Elwha Valley

Did you know that in 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. More...