Olympic National Park Open for Summer Season
Nearly all Olympic National Park destinations are now open to park visitors, just in time for Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer.
Several road construction and repair projects have been scheduled within Olympic National Park this summer. These projects will improve visitor access and safety within the park, but may cause some temporary delays and challenges for visitors, area residents and park staff. Due to weather conditions on the Olympic Peninsula, roadwork is generally completed during the warmer and drier summer months.
Pavement repairs are scheduled on Route 101 near Lake Crescent for June 1-9 between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Motorists could expect 15-minute delays and one-lane traffic while the repairs are being completed. Electronic message boards, to be placed along Route 101 at Laird’s Corner east of the lake and Sappho on the west, will also advise motorists of a 12.2-mile detour through the park.
Listed below is the latest information on popular sites within the park.
The Staircase Campground remains open. Road access to the campground reopened May 14.
Visitors should also be aware that the Dosewallips Road remains closed due to a washout inside the park boundaries, so access to the campground is walk-in (5.5 miles) only.
The Deer Park campground is scheduled to open June 11, snow permitting.
Hurricane Ridge Road and Heart O’ the Hills
Hurricane Ridge Road will be open daily throughout the summer season, road and weather conditions permitting. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, as well as the snack bar and gift shop, are also open.
The Olympic National Park Visitor Center is currently open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.; and will be open 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. beginning May 28; the visitor center will also stay open until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29.
The Wilderness Information Center is open daily from 7:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wilderness Information Center will offer expanded hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29.
The Heart O’ the Hills Campground is open year-round.
All roads in the Elwha Valley are open. The Elwha Campground remains open, and the Altair Campground will open on May 25.
Fairholme Campground and the Lake Crescent Lodge are now open. Log Cabin Resort is open on weekends only until June 17, when it will open seven days a week. The Fairholme General Store will open on Friday, May 21.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road, the Sol Duc Campground and the Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort are all open for the season.
Hoh Rain Forest & Forks Information Center
The Hoh Road and campground are open. The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. beginning May 21.
Visitors hiking portions of the Pacific coast should check with the Wilderness Information Center for current trail and tide conditions.
The Kalaloch Information Station will be open daily beginning Friday, May 21. Kalaloch Lodge remains open year-round. South Beach Campground, located just south of Kalaloch, will open May 28.
The Lower Queets Road is open seven miles to Matheny Creek. An access route into the Upper Queets Valley is also open. Both roads are marked at their intersections with Highway 101.
The Queets Campground is open.
Quinault Rain Forest
The Quinault Loop Road, which includes the Quinault North Shore and South Shore Roads, is open.
The North Fork Road and North Fork Campground are open.
The Graves Creek Road and Campground are open.
Park Trails & Wilderness Information CenterVisitors are encouraged to stop by or call the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 for current trail reports, spring hiking safety tips and trip planning suggestions.
Several feet of snow remains on the ground, beginning at elevations above 3,000 feet. Even at low elevations, hikers are reminded to use caution and be aware of downed trees, trail damage, high and swift creek crossings, and changing weather conditions.
The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) is open daily from 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and will be open extra hours for the holiday weekend on Friday, May 28 and Saturday, May 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.