Ditch Maintenance Along Park Roads: Motorists May Encounter Delays
Motorists may encounter delays along Sol Duc Road (9/30 - 10/1), Whiskey Bend Road (10/2), Deer Park Road (10/7-10/8), and Hurricane Ridge Road (10/9 - 10/10) due to routine cleaning of roadway drainage ditches.
Olympic Hot Springs Road Closed
The Elwha Valley's Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to public entry beyond the Altair Campground. Olympic Hot Springs is not accessible from the Elwha. The road is expected to re-open by Summer 2015.
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 »
Wilderness Camping Permits: A Wilderness Camping Permit is required for all overnight stays in undeveloped (backcountry) areas of the park.
General Regulations: Regulations are meant to help protect wilderness as well as wilderness users.
Group Size: Oversize parties can damage the wilderness and impact the experience of other visitors. Group size for overnight wilderness trips is limited to 12 people and 8 stock. Larger groups are not permitted. Affiliated groups may not combine to form a group of more than 12 people at any time, and must camp and travel at least 1 mile apart. See Group Camping for more information.
In the following areas, groups of between 7 and 12 persons must camp in designated group sites: Sol Duc/7 Lakes Basin, Hoh Lake Trail, Hoh River Trail, Grand Valley, Upper Lena Lake, and Lake Constance.
Fishing: No licenses are needed for fishing in Olympic National Park. Please check fishing regulations.
Stock: Stock are prohibited on the following trails (most of these trails are too steep or not suitable for stock animals):
For more information on stock use in the park click here.
This is not a complete list of regulations. Contact the WIC for more information.
Some areas of Olympic National Park are accessible only from Olympic National Forest trailheads, and regulations may differ. For instance, pets are not allowed on Park trails, but are allowed on Forest trails. For additional information, contact the WIC.
Did You Know?
Did you know that in 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The Olympic Wilderness is a part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. More...