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.
Guiding in the Park
Tyler Reid - Pacific Alpine Guides
Contact us if your organization employs paid staff and is planning to bring students or clients into Olympic National Park. Your organization will need a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) or a Special Use Permit (SUP) depending on the type of organization you are with. Park staff is eager to help you share the park's unique wilderness classroom with your students or clients.
Your CUA or SUP must be finalized before you can apply for Wilderness Camping Permits.
Commercial (For-Profit) Groups
A "Commercial Use Authorization" (CUA) authorizes for-profit companies to guide clients overnight in Olympic's wilderness/backcountry. Completed applications must be received by the park's concessions office no later than May 1st each year.
If your organization is a school, college or is a 501(c)3 or other non-profit your group will need to obtain a Special Use Permit (SUP). Completed applications must be received by the park's concessions office no later than May 1st each year.
Other Important Documents
Educating students and clients in Leave No Trace ethics and practices is critical to ensure that the Olympic Wilderness will remain wild for future generations and to protect the spectacular scenery and diverse plants and animals in this unique place.
Free on-line Leave No Trace Awareness course
All guides/instructors should be trained in Leave No Trace and well versed in specific skills and ethics for the Pacific Northwest.
Did You Know?
Olympic National Park protects 73 miles of wild Pacific coast. Tidepools, sandy beaches and rocky cliffs can all be found here.