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 from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
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.
Wilderness Information Center
If you have questions about trails, permits, reservations, quotas, food storage requirements, weather or other wilderness related questions, contact a park ranger at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles:
Phone Number: (360) 565-3100 (wilderness permits and information). If you can't get through, leave us a message and we will do our best to call you back. See website for Wilderness Reservations.
Email Address: e-mail us (backcountry questions only, please)
Mailing Address: Olympic National Park, WIC, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Our physical address is noted below.
Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 101 into Port Angeles. As you approach Race St., you will see a large brown sign for Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park Visitor Center. Turn left onto Race and drive 1 mile, just past Park St., to the visitor center. The WIC is located within the Visitor Center at 3002 Mt. Angeles Rd. Map Quest directions
Current Hours: Through June 20: 7:30 to 5, 7 days per week (except 7:30 to 7 May 24 and 25).
Quinault (South Shore) Wilderness Information Office (360) 288-0232
Location: 2 miles from Highway 101 on South Shore Quinault Rd, next to the Lake Quinault Lodge.
Forks Information Station (360) 374-7566
Address: Forks Transit Center, 551 Forks Ave (Highway 101), Forks, WA 98331.
Staircase Ranger Station: (360) 877-5569
Current Hours: CLOSED; summer hours TBD.
Services provided by the Wilderness Information Center:
Bear Canisters are available for loan. A suggested $3 per canister donation helps to perpetuate the program and provide education materials.
We sell topographic maps, guide books, field guides and issue free tide charts.
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.