Madison Falls Trail Closed for Repairs Beginning July 7
The one-tenth mile Madison Falls Trail and trailhead parking lot located in Elwha Valley will close to public entry beginning on Monday, July 7 while crews make improvements and repairs.
Spruce Railroad Trail Improvements to Begin August 5
Spruce Railroad Trail will be closed from the Lyre River TH to approximately 0.25 miles east of Devil’s Punchbowl. Work is expected to be completed by the end of October. The remainder of the trail will be accessible from the Camp David Jr. Road TH. More »
Safety Advisory: Mountain Goats
NPS has received reports of aggressive mountain goats near trails at Hurricane Ridge, Royal Basin, Seven Lakes Basin, Lake of the Angeles, & Grand Pass. Visitors are required to maintain a distance of at least 50 yards from all wildlife. More »
Safety Advisory: Rabies
Rabies has been detected in a single bat in the Lake Crescent area of the park. Rabies exposure is extremely rare, but fatal if untreated. Anyone observing unusual or aggressive behavior among park wildlife should inform a park ranger as soon as possible. More »
Wilderness Group Camping
Careful planning along with exercising care in the wilderness will help preserve the wild character of the Olympic Wilderness for future generations of hikers, campers, backpackers, horse-back riders, wildlife and plants.
We hope you will do your part to take care of this special place.
Please read through the information below and always contact the Wilderness Information Center prior to your trip for information about permits, group site reservations, group size regulations, special group camps and food storage requirements.
Plan ahead and prepare
Responsibilities of the Group Leader
Traveling in Groups Traveling in large groups can cause significant impacts if care is not taken to prevent such impacts. Your group should learn to Leave No Trace to prevent further regulation of large groups.
Your Group Camp
Groups of seven or more camping in the Sol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin, Hoh Lake Trail, Hoh River Valley, Grand Valley, Royal Basin, Flapjack Lakes, Lake Constance and Upper Lena Lake areas must camp in designated “group sites.” Reservations for group sites in these areas may be made by calling the WIC.
In other high-use areas, concentrate use.
Minimize the Use and Impact of Fire
The Campsite Check
Many wilderness travelers perform "the campsite check" before they leave their campsite. This activity allows the visitor to take a good look and check to see if their actions have had a negative impact on wildlife, plant life or other visitors.
Did You Know?
Fishers (members of the weasel family, related to minks and otters) were reintroduced to Olympic National Park in 2008-10. They are native to the forests of Washington, including the Olympic Peninsula, but disappeared due to overtrapping in the late 1800s/early 1900s and habitat loss.