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 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?
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.