A Park for EveryoneOlympic National Park is working to offer a wide range of facilities and experiences for all visitors. While many of the facilities listed below are not fully ADA/ABA accessible, efforts are ongoing to address remaining issues. Accessible with assistance trails do not meet ADA/ABA standards, but may be passable by those with sufficient upper body strength or a friend to help.
Trails and Other Facilities
Staircase AreaBig Cedar Tree and River Viewpoint - 0.5-mile round trip hard-packed trail through old-growth forest to the river, including a spur to a huge fallen cedar and picnic area, is accessible with assistance. The first 0.1 miles of the Shady Lane Trail is accessible with assistance. The ranger station has a wheelchair available and a nearby accessible vault toilet.
Olympic National Park Visitor CenterAccessible with exhibits on the park's natural and cultural history, including several touch displays, a braille exhibit and displays with sound effects and an audio-described and captioned orientation movie. Hearing assistive technology available at the desk. For general information, see the park web site: www.nps.gov/olym or call (360) 565- 3130. TTY users can use the Washington relay service (800-833-6388 or 711) to obtain information. The Living Forest Trail - This 0.4-mile hard-packed surface loop trail is accessible with assistance. From behind the visitor center it leads through forest to a view of Peabody Creek valley. Wheelchair available for checkout.
Elwha AreaMadison Falls Trail - This 0.1 mile accessible trail goes to a waterfall. Accessible vault toilet near the parking lot.
Elwha Ranger Station - The restroom and ranger station are accessible. Staffed intermittently.
Glines Canyon Spillway Overlook - Dramatic canyon view and audio-described exhibits about dam removal and restoration of the Elwha Valley from this 150-foot accessible overlook. Accessible vault toilet in parking lot.
Hurricane Ridge AreaThis mountain visitor center has accessible restrooms, exhibits, and an audio-described and captioned orientation movie. Hearing assistive technology and a wheelchair are available at the desk when staffed. A ramp and elevator access a terrace with picnic tables (some with extensions), a gift shop and snack bar. Picnic areas 1 mile beyond the visitor center have paved, accessible with assistance trails leading to tables (some with extensions) overlooking the mountains; but the restrooms are not accessible. Meadow Loop Trails - Paved trails with views of the Olympic Mountains and Strait of Juan de Fuca. In summer, enjoy wildflowers and look for deer and marmots. Several relatively flat 0.25 to 0.5 mile loops are accessible with assistance. Hurricane Hill Trail - 1.5 mile rough paved trail climbs 700' through meadows to Hurricane Hill. The first .5 mile is accessible with assistance, but has steep drop-offs and no rail.
Lake Crescent/Sol Duc AreaStorm King Ranger Station is accessible and is open intermittently. Accessible restrooms in parking area.
Picnic Areas - East Beach, La Poel, North Shore, and Bovee's Meadow all have accessible vault toilets.
Marymere Falls Trail - The first 0.5 mile through old-growth forest to a Barnes Creek overlook is accessible with assistance on a hard-packed surface. The route to the 90-foot falls is not accessible.
Moments in Time Nature Trail is a 0.8 mile hard-packed surface loop with lake views, old-growth forest and homestead sites between Lake Crescent Lodge and NatureBridge. It is accessible with assistance and can be reached from NatureBridge, a parking lot north of Lake Crescent Lodge, or via a 0.3 mile trail from the ranger station.
Spruce Railroad Trail - A 6.5-mile western extension to Highway 101 and beyond is accessible. Work is onging to make the east end and historic tunnels accessible. Check locally for status. Accessible vault toilet at the east end.
Salmon Cascades - A short gravel and dirt path leads from the Sol Duc Road to a wooden platform overlooking the Sol Duc River and a small cascades. Look for leaping salmon in the fall. There is an accessible vault toilet.
Lodging - Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort has accessible pools, cabins and main lodge/restaurant. Lake Crescent Lodge has an accessible main lodge/restaurant/lounge and room. Log Cabin Resort has an accessible dock/launch and restaurant.
Hoh Rain Forest AreaThe accessible visitor center has restrooms and exhibits on temperate rain forest. A wheelchair for checkout and hearing assistive technology are available when open and staffed.
Mini-Rain Forest Trail - This flat, 0.25-mile trail is paved, but accessible with assistance. Get a taste of the rain forest and see a crystal clear stream under towering Sitka spruce trees.
Picnic Area - Restrooms accessible, one accessible site with table extensions.
Quinault Rain Forest AreaThe ranger station on the north side of Lake Quinault, is accessible (staffed summers). Accessible restroom and parking.
Maple Glade Trail - This 0.5 mile hard-packed surface loop under moss-draped maples is accessible with assistance.
Kestner Homestead Trail - This 1.3 mile self-guided loop links with the Maple Glades Trail and has a hard-packed surface that is accessible with assistance. It traverses rain forest to a historic homestead.
Mora AreaRialto Beach - Has an accessible restroom and a very short paved trail to a forested picnic area. In summer, a short ramp is installed to a beach overlook. The extent of view varies if large driftwood was deposited by winter storms.
Kalaloch AreaLodging - The main lodge, restaurant and one cabin are accessible at Kalaloch Lodge.
Ruby Beach - Has an accessible viewpoint overlooking the beach and Cedar Creek and an accessible vault toilet.
Beach Four - Has an accessible ocean viewpoint and an accessible vault toilet.
Beach One - An accessible with assistance dirt/gravel trail passes spruces with burls enroute to an ocean view.
Last updated: February 15, 2018