Ecosystem type: Glacier, alpine
Permits/Reservations: Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight trips. Obtain permits in person at the WIC in Port Angeles or at the Hoh Visitor Center. Reservations should be made for parties of 7-12 persons and for groups with stock animals. Reservations can also be made for Elk Lake, Glacier Meadows, Hoh Lake and the Seven Lakes Basin Area. All other sites are first-come, first-served.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations.
In early season, several steep snow slopes exist along the Hoh River Trail between Elk Lake and Glacier Meadows. An ice axe and crampons may be required for much of the spring and early summer. It may also be difficult to follow sections of trail due to snow. Map and compass skills may be required during winter, spring, and early summer.
During winter months, travel above Elk Lake is not recommended due to steep avalanche chutes. Ropes and anchors may be necessary to cross these safely.
Climbing Mount Olympus should only be attempted by experienced mountaineers who have glacier travel and crevasse rescue skills and gear.
Last updated: July 13, 2021