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.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River between Upper Lake Mills Trail and Altair Campground.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
General Location: 18 miles southwest of Sequim, WA in Upper Dungeness/Royal Creek area.
Trailhead: Upper Dungeness Trailhead (USFS)
Ecosystem type: Montane forest, subalpine meadow, subalpine lake basin
Permits/Reservations: Camping is limited between May 1 and September 30. Reservations Required. Use the reservation form for permits year round.
Food Storage Method: Bear Canisters required - Trees in the Royal Basin area are not suitable for food hanging. No bear wires. Bear canisters are available to borrow from Wild Birds Unlimited in Gardiner and outdoor stores in Port Townsend and Bainbridge Island.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in designated sites only in Royal Basin.
Did You Know?
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...