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.
Elwha River Closures
Boating is prohibited on the Elwha River from Upper Lake Mills Trail downstream to the Highway 112 bridge, except for the stretch between Altair Campground and the Highway 101 bridge.
Changes to Visitor Services Due to Sequestration
Due to mandatory, across the board budget cuts, some visitor services at Olympic National Park have changed. See the Plan Your Visit section for more information.
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?
That the Piper's bellflower is unique to the Olympic Mountains? Named after an early Olympic peninsula botanist, the Piper's bellflower grows in cracks and crevices of high elevation rock outcrops.