Contact: Barb Maynes, 360-565-3005
With snow melting rapidly in the park’s high country and people gearing up for summer hikes, Olympic National Park staff reminds hikers and backpackers to be prepared for safe food storage in the Olympic National Park wilderness.
Many of the park’s popular backpacking destinations are also frequented by black bears and other wildlife. In order to stay safe, visitors must be ready and able to keep their food, garbage and all scented articles away from wildlife. “
Keeping human food away from bears and other wildlife is one of the most important things we can do to keep both people and animals safe,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Karen Gustin. “Proper storage of food, garbage and scented items is essential for anyone camping, hiking or just enjoying the park.”
Food storage guidelines are outlined below.
Any trip into the Olympic wilderness requires advance planning and preparation. Currently, early season conditions, including snow cover above 3,000 feet, fallen trees and other winter storm damage, exist throughout the park.
Hikers and stock users should always check for current trail conditions online or call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100.
The park’s website also contains extensive wilderness trip planning information, including information on where to find and how to use bear canisters, trail descriptions, safety information and much more.
The park’s Wilderness Information Center (WIC) is located within the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, and offers extended hours for hikers at a window in the rear of the building from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily. Beginning June 19, the WIC will be open from 7:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m., with extended hours (through 7:00 p.m.) through 7:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Last updated: February 28, 2015