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 »
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?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.