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 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. MapQuest directions

Current Hours:
  • Winter Hours: Open 8:30am to 4pm Friday and Saturday (closed Christmas Day)
  • Self registration permits can still be obtained in the Visitor Center during business hours and at the self-registration box on the back porch after business hours. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Quinault (South Shore) Wilderness Information Office (360) 288-0232

Current Hours: Closed for the season

Location: 2 miles from Highway 101 on South Shore Quinault Rd, next to the Lake Quinault Lodge.


Forks Information Station (CLOSED)


Staircase Ranger Station:

Current Hours: Closed for the season


Services provided by the Wilderness Information Center:

  • Wilderness (Backcountry) Camping Permits for all of Olympic National Park.
  • Advance reservations for limited use wilderness areas within Olympic National Park.
  • Wilderness trip planning assistance (trail information, trail conditions, safety concerns).
  • Wilderness education (Leave No Trace, food storage, safety).
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.

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