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 »
Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics
Why Leave No Trace?
Olympic belongs to all of us. It also belongs to future generations of Americans. In order to preserve Olympic's wild character, protect its plants and wildlife and protect recreation opportunities, all of us should take care when traveling within Olympic.
Our actions can cause lasting impacts such as permanent vegetation damage, harm to wildlife, human waste problems as well as impacting the experience of other visitors.
The Leave No Trace Principles are not regulations. They are guidelines meant to help wilderness users to make informed decisions in the wilderness so that they may leave the area as beautiful and as natural as they found it.
When you are on the trail or in camp, please take the time to think about your actions and how they might affect or impair wildlife, plants, rivers, lakes, fish or other visitors.
Please read through the Leave No Trace Principles so you can help you protect YOUR wilderness. You can make a conscious choice to be responsible for the preservation of your wilderness park.
There's only one Olympic. Its health is in your hands.
Olympic's Seven Principles
2. Camp and Travel On Durable Surfaces
When off-trail, spread out your use.
3. Dispose of Waste Properly Pack it in, pack it out.
4. Leave What You Find
5. Minimize Campfire Impacts
6. Respect Wildlife
7. Be Considerate of Other Visitors
The Campsite Check
Strive to leave the wilderness as you found it, or better.
Did You Know?
Does this flower look familiar? The bunchberry, a common groundcover of Olympic's lowland forest, is closely related to the dogwood trees found throughout North America.