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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 and 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 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.
Before Your Visit
Olympic National Park Visitor Center & Wilderness Information Center
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available by email or phone daily (except Thanksgiving and Christams Day) at 360-565-3100 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bear canisters are available for lending on a limited basis from the back porch from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.
Please check the Hurricane Ridge in Winter webpage for winter season information and details to help plan your visit.
Hurricane Ridge Road may close on short notice due to weather and road conditions. Current status and road conditions are available by phone on the Road & Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131. Check @HRWinterAccess on twitter for updates. Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
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).
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.
11/19/21 Storm Closures: Highway 101 at Lake Crescent is now open to through traffic. Check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for updates on remaining road closures across the Olympic Peninsula.
Sol Duc Valley
Highway Closure: SR 112 - Check the Washington State Department of Transportation website for updates on road closures across the Olympic Peninsula.
The Ozette area is open. Ozette Campground (primitive) is currently closed due to flooding.
The Mora area is open including Rialto Beach.
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch Ranger Station is now closed for the season.
Hoh Rain Forest
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 is closed for the season. Portable toilets are available. Area trails are open.
The Graves Creek Campground and North Fork Campground are both open for primitive camping with no drinking water.
Queets Rain Forest
Upper and Lower Queets roads and Queets Campground (primitive) are open. The Upper and Lower Queets roads and the Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded Road & Weather 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.
While no advanced reservations are needed to enter the park this summer, you can 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.
Wilderness Camping Permits
All Wilderness Camping Permits must be obtained in advance. Trailhead permits are not available. Wilderness Camping Permits are reservable online at Recreation.gov through the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit page prior to the planned trip or over the phone. If you have questions, Wilderness Information Center staff are available via email at OLYM_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100 - option 4. For more information, visit the Wilderness Backpacking Reservations page.
Coastal Wilderness Area Closure - North of Cape Alava and Shi Shi Beach
The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava (as well as the Ozette Reservation) to the northern boundary of Shi Shi Beach is closed to the public in alignment with the Makah Tribe's closure of Neah Bay, Shi Shi Beach Trailhead, and the Ozette Reservation. Hiking north past the backcountry campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited at this time.
Seasonal Road Closures
The following park roads are closed to vehicles at the park boundary:
Seasonal Campground Closures
Park campgrounds may close on short notice due to storms. Call the recorded Road & Weather 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.
Last updated: November 24, 2021