Alerts & Conditions

As always, visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan— even for a short day hike or snowshoe excursion. Consider learning CPR and basic wilderness first aid, especially if you are planning to hike, ski, or snowshoe in the backcountry. Leaving an accurate itinerary with an emergency contact is a critical step for any trip in the backcountry.

While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities. Recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.

The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.

Recreate Responsibly

  1. Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
  2. Keep it close. Follow state, tribal, and local orders of where you’re traveling. The NPS is working closely with public health professionals to make operational changes and adapt to changing conditions.
  3. Keep your distance. Follow the CDC's social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. Wear a mask when you are near others--and always inside park buildings. 
  4. Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
  5. Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas . Follow Leave No Trace principles.
  6. Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.

The NPS conducts thousands of search and rescues servicewide each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Please follow these Recreate Responsibly tips to safely spend time outside.

The National Park Service is working service-wide with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and state and local public health authorities, access to Olympic National Park is as follows:

Visitor Information
(360) 565-3130

Road & Weather Hotline
(360) 565-3131


Hurricane Ridge
The 2021 winter season operations for Hurricane Ridge ended March 28. For the month of April, Hurricane Ridge Road may open when road conditions, avalanche conditions, weather and staffing allow. Current status and
road conditions are available by phone on the Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will remain closed until spring operations begin. On days the road is open, be prepared to use your vehicle as a warming area and pack extra food, water, dry clothing, and blankets and/or sleeping bags in your vehicle. A restroom is available in the foyer.

Check the
Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.

Spring operations for the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center are scheduled to begin on weekends in May. At this time, the exhibits, film, warming area, and tables on the upper level will not be available to the public. Check back for updates on visitor center operations. Restrooms will be open. The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop on the lower level of the Visitor Center will begin opening on weekends (Saturday and Sunday) starting May 7 - May 23. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center, including the Mountain View Café and Gift Shop, will open daily for the summer season beginning May 28 through early October.

Traffic Alert:

  • Hurricane Ridge Road entrance station project (Heart O' the Hills): A project is now underway to upgrade the park entrance area at Heart O' the Hills on Hurricane Ridge Road. A temporary fee booth is in operation until this project is completed in the fall. Read the full news release.
  • Drivers should be cautious on Hurricane Ridge Road and be prepared for traffic to be stopped in line at the temporary fee booth. Please obey the reduced speed limit signs now in place to slow down traffic on the approach to the temporary fee station. After passing through the temporary fee station, drivers should expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic through the short construction zone. Visitors and campers at Heart O’ the Hills Campground should expect construction activity, truck traffic, and noise during the ten-hour work days, Monday through Thursday.

Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O' the Hills Campground is open. The Heart O' the Hills Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).


Elwha: Although the Elwha/Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to a road washout, the road is open to pedestrians, stock, bicyclists, and pets on leash. A toilet is open at the Madison Falls Trailhead, but no further facilities are available beyond the gate. Please pack out all trash.

The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to Bovee’s Meadow picnic area, the Spruce Railroad Trail, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads, and the Storm King and Fairholme boat launches. North Shore picnic area on Camp David Jr. Road is open. (La Poel picnic area is closed for the season)

Lake Crescent area Alerts:

  • East Beach Road at Lake Crescent remains closed at Highway 101 for public safety due to debris hazards from wildland fire. The road may remain closed until the end of May. Conditions will be assessed in April. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are closed. Access to the eatsern end of the Spruce Railroad Trail is via Highway 112 and Joyce-Piedmont Road.

Sol Duc Road is now open. Sol Duc Campground is currently open for primitive camping until Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground open for the 2021 season on April 16. Updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.


The Ozette area is open**. The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava, including the Ozette reservation and Shi Shi Beach, remains closed to all park visitors until further notice.

  • **The Ozette Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or flooding. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).


The Mora area is open**. Mora Campground is first-come, first-served until peak season 2021. All campsites are reservable during peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov.

  • **The Mora Campground and Rialto Beach may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or storm conditions. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).

The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Kalaloch area Alerts:

  • Kalaloch Ranger Station will begin opening Thursday - Monday starting May 20; South Beach Campground opens for the season May 21
  • The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
  • Trail Alert: A recent winter storm caused trail damage to several beach access points at Kalaloch Campground. The stairs down to the beach from Kalaloch Lodge were also washed out by the storm. Visitors can access the beach from the campground via a trail along the north bank of Kalaloch Creek (near Loop C, see map). In addition, the trail at Beach 1 is currently blocked by driftwood.


The Hoh Rain Forest area is open. The Hoh Road and Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Hoh Rain Forest area Alerts:

  • A road construction project is currently underway outside the park boundary on Upper Hoh Road. This project is managed by Federal Highways and Jefferson County.
  • Current traffic impacts:
    • Clearing operations are underway between milepost 4.5 and milepost 10 through March 30th. 1 to 2 flagging setups will be in effect at these locations during the day. Minimal delays expected.

    • Road work will resume in May with bridge work at milepost 10 - Canyon Creek. This work is expected to involve temporary traffic signals that will operate 24 hours a day to control alternating single-lane traffic as the work is completed.


In the Quinault Rain Forest, the North Shore and South Shore roads loop drive is open including the July Creek Picnic Area. The Ranger Station on North Shore Road remains closed, but the area trails are open. The campgrounds and roads in the Quinault Valley may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).

Queets Rain Forest: Upper Queets Road and Queets Campground (primitive) are open. Lower Queets Road is open completely as of 3/2/21. The Upper and Lower Queets roads and the Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).


The Staircase area in the southeastern portion of the park is open. However, Staircase Road and Staircase Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or snow. Prior to your visit, call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 to check the current status and area information (updated twice daily).

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Entrance fees: Save time at park entrances by purchasing your digital park entrance passes on
Recreation.gov at no additional cost. Once purchased, passes for Olympic National Park must be printed prior to use. While in the park, the paper copy is presented at entrance stations and displayed on the vehicle dashboard, particularly when the vehicle is parked at trailheads. Connectivity is limited or non-existent in the park, therefore printing the permit in advance is required. The pass will be accepted at all park entrance stations.
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Wilderness Camping Permits

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in place for Wilderness Camping Permits. For more information, visit the Wilderness Backpacking Reservations page.

  • Wilderness Information Centers (WIC) remain closed to the public. If you have any questions, WIC staff are available via email at OLYM_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100.
  • All Wilderness Camping Permits must be obtained in advance. Self-registration or trailhead permits are not available.
  • No walk up permits are available at any Wilderness Information Center (WIC). All WIC locations are closed to the public but WIC staff are available to answer telephone calls and assist with permit questions/issues.
  • All Wilderness Camping Permits must be reserved online Recreation.gov through the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit page prior to the planned trip or over the phone. If you have any questions, WIC staff are available via email Olym_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100, option 4.
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Closed:

  • The following coastal areas of Olympic National Park remain closed until further notice: Second Beach (La Push) and north of Cape Alava to Shi Shi Beach. These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
  • The following park roads are closed to vehicles at the park boundary:
    • Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Hill Road at Hurricane Ridge are closed to vehicles for the winter season.
    • Deer Park Road is closed for the winter season
    • The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road.
  • East Beach Road at Lake Crescent may remain closed through May 2021 at Highway 101 due to debris hazards from wildland fire. Conditions will be assessed in April. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are closed.
  • The following campgrounds are closed for the winter season:
    • South Beach Campground
    • Deer Park Campground
    • Fairholme Campground
    • Other campgrounds may close on short notice due to storms. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
  • Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
    • Fairholme Store will remain closed this season.
    • Lake Crescent Lodge - Updates for 2021 season are available on their website.
    • Log Cabin Resort - Updates for 2021 season are available on their website.
    • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground - Updates for 2021 season are available on their website.
    • The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop is closed until spring operations begin on weekends in May.

Last updated: April 10, 2021

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600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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