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Transition to Recreation.Gov for Wilderness Backpacking Permit Reservations to Launch March 18

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Date: March 1, 2019
Contact: Penny Wagner, 360-565-3005

PORT ANGELES, WA – The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center (WIC) will transition to an online reservation system through beginning at noon on March 18, 2019. The new online reservation system will allow backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time, plan their trip and receive immediate confirmation, and streamline the park's wilderness permit reservations.

In addition to the online option, wilderness permit reservation requests can be submitted in person at a park Wilderness Information Center during business hours. A third option for phone reservations will be functional by late April. This option will allow users to call the call center at 1-877-444-6777 to obtain a reservation. The call center will be available for assistance with navigating the website beginning March 18. For new users to, we recommend you create an account and get familiar with the new site which was launched on October 1, 2018.  

“The new online system is more efficient, convenient, and allows more time for our wilderness information specialists to answer questions and assist with trip planning,” said Olympic National Park Superintendent Sarah Creachbaum.

The fee for online, phone, or in person reservations will be $6.00 in addition to the regular permit fees. Wilderness Permit fees are $8.00 per person, per night for individuals 16 or older. Annual Wilderness Passes are $45.00 per person (annual flat rate) which covers regular permit fees for the pass holder.

Reservations are strongly encouraged when planning trips that include one or more nights to quota areas and group sites:

Quota Areas
Ozette Coast (Yellow Banks to Point of the Arches)
Royal Basin/Royal Lake
Lake Constance
Upper Lena Lake
Flapjack Lakes (including Gladys Divide)
Grand Valley and Badger Valley
Sol Duc/Seven Lakes Basin
Hoh Lake and CB Flats
Hoh River Trail group sites
Upper Hoh River Trail sites (Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Martin Creek)

Commercial Use Authorization (CUA) permit holders and Special Use Permit (SUP) holders will be required to have a account which will be set up and administered by WIC staff. All current CUA and SUP holders will be contacted by WIC staff with their account information shortly before March 18.

For more information about wilderness permits and backpacking in Olympic National Park, please visit the park website at

Last updated: March 1, 2019

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