• Olympic: Three Parks in One

    Olympic

    National Park Washington

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  • 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.

Wilderness Trip Planner

The Olympic Wilderness is one of the wildest places left in the Lower Forty-Eight states and is a wilderness lover's paradise!

This year, nearly 40,000 people will camp in the Olympic Wilderness and thousands more will take day hikes. Olympic is fragile. But if we care for it, we can preserve its wildness and grandeur for future generations.


In 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. The 1964 Wilderness Act directs federal agencies to manage wilderness so as to preserve its wilderness character. Find out more about National Park Service Wilderness areas, wilderness designation, the Wilderness Act and other nearby wilderness areas.

Celebrate 50 years of Wilderness!

When you visit Olympic, to clamber along the roaring beaches of the wilderness coast, to immerse yourself in the freshness and healing of the old-growth forests, or to push yourself up onto the peaks and ridges of the high country, keep in mind this remnant of wild America is fragile.

Do your part to preserve Olympic's wilderness character by Leaving-No-Trace of your stay.

Wilderness Explorer Jr. Ranger Activity Book for all ages.

Did You Know?

dam with water flowing

Removal of two dams on the Elwha River is the second largest ecosystem restoration project in the National Park System.