Planning your trip to Olympic? Check out our Top 10 Tips to Plan Like A Park Ranger
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. Consider learning CPR and basic wilderness first aid, especially if you are planning to hike in the backcountry. Leaving an accurate itinerary with an emergency contact is a critical step for any trip.
When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly. Olympic National Park 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.
Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available by email or phone daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas 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 call 360-565-3131 to check the status of Hurricane Ridge Road prior to your visit. Hurricane Ridge Road is typically open 24 hours a day through the summer, weather depending.
- The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is open daily for the summer season through September 15. (See alert below for road closure due to road repair project)
- What's the weather like up there? Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
Hurricane Hill Road (1.5 miles, not suitable for RVs or buses) beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is open to vehicles for the summer season through September 15. (See alert for Hurricane Hill Trail closure)
Obstruction Point Road is open for the season through September 5. Obstruction Point Road will close to public access for the season beginning September 6 (Tuesday after Labor Day) to begin a critical road repair project.
Hurricane Hill Road will be open past Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center up to Picnic Area B. Hurricane Hill Trailhead and the access trail from Picnic Area B will be closed. Open: Wolf Creek Trailhead, Picnic Area A & B, Klahhane Ridge, all Meadow Trails. Visit the Hurricane Ridge webpage for a map and trail information.
ALERT: Hurricane Ridge Road morning closures until 9am August 2-5 & August 8-12 due to road sweeping and striping
Street sweeping and road striping is scheduled for Hurricane Ridge Road, Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot, Hurricane Hill Rd, and all parking areas.
- Sweeping will occur Monday through Friday, August 1-5
- Striping will occur Monday through Friday, August 8-12
Expect traffic delays for slow-moving follow vehicles and temporary parking area closures for striping August 8-12.
ALERT: Closures planned for Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Ridge Road for road repair project
A project to repair a section of Obstruction Point Road near the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center parking lot will begin after Labor Day weekend. These repairs are critical to ensure continued visitor access to Hurricane Ridge and Obstruction Point.
- Obstruction Point Road will close to public access for the season beginning September 6 (Tuesday after Labor Day) to begin the repair project.
To complete the repair, Hurricane Ridge Road will also be closed to public access beginning September 16 through October 21. This closure is necessary to repair the outside lane on Hurricane Ridge Road above Obstruction Point Road.
Hurricane Ridge Road will be closed to all traffic (bikes, hikers, vehicles) at the Heart O’ the Hills Entrance Station gate just after the campground entrance from September 16 through October 21.
The last day for summer operations at Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will be September 15.
The Heart O’ the Hills area is open including Heart O' the Hills Campground and the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. 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.
The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area and restrooms as well as Bovee’s Meadow picnic area, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads. The Storm King and Fairholme boat launches are open. North Shore Picnic Area on Camp David Jr. Road is open.
Spruce Railroad Trail is open from both trailheads: Lyre River/East Beach Road on the east end and North Shore Picnic Area/Camp David Jr. Road on the west end.
Fairholme Campground and La Poel Picnic Area on Highway 101 are open for the season.
New for 2022! Online reservations are now accepted for the peak summer season at Fairholme Campground. All campsites are currently reservable through September 21, 2022. Sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance. (Starting next summer, the reservation period for Fairholme Campground will be the same as for other park campgrounds on the reservation system—the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend through mid-September). Any unreserved or cancelled sites will be sold in person at the ranger tent in the parking lot at the Fairholme boat dock during posted hours. Campsites are first-come, first-served outside the reservation period. See news release for additional information.
Lake Crescent Lodge is open for the season. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is open for the season. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Fairholme Store is open for the summer season. See the concessioner's website for details.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and Sol Duc Hot Springs RV Park and Campground are open for the season. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
The Ozette area is currently open, including the Ozette Campground (primitive). All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please check with the Washington State Department of Transportation before traveling, as SR 112 has been subject to frequent closure and/or detours resulting from recent flooding and landslides.
The Mora area is open including Rialto Beach and Mora Campground. All campsites are reservable at Mora Campground during the peak summer season from June 6 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov).
ALERT: Floodplain closed near Mora Campground. A map of the closure area and additional information on the Quileute Tribe's Quillayute River Restoration ‘Reach 3’ Project is available in the news release.
Campers and visitors in the Mora area should expect:
The Mora area is subject to 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 Kalaloch area is open with the exception of Ruby Beach (see below for info on closure 6/16-9/16).
Kalaloch Ranger Station is currently open daily for the summer season.
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are reservable during the peak summer season from May 25 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is now open for the season.
The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
Ruby Beach Closed
The Ruby Beach entrance road, parking area, and beach access trail is closed to all public access for construction activities until September 16, 2022.
Roadside parking along Highway 101 in the vicinity is prohibited. No pedestrian access through the construction site is allowed due to visitor safety concerns.
Improvements include grading and paving of the parking lot and entrance road to improve drainage, accessibility, and traffic flow for vehicles and pedestrians.
Where can I go instead?
Beach access to the south of Ruby Beach will continue to be available at Beach 1, 2, 3, and 4, and the Kalaloch Campground. See the Kalaloch Area Brochure for a map and additional information on the area.
To the north, coastal access is available in the Mora area at Rialto Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach. First Beach is located on the Quileute Indian Reservation.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open.
Hoh Campground is open. All campsites are reservable during the peak summer season from June 6 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov.
The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is now open daily for the summer season.
The Hoh Rain Forest is a popular place to visit in summer and the parking lot can fill completely any day of the week. It is exceptionally busy on summer weekends and holidays. When the parking areas fill, vehicles are stopped at the entrance station because there is no parking available. Vehicles are let in as other vehicles exit. Wait times can be long (1-2 hours) during busy periods. Peak summer visitation time is from 10am - 5pm. To avoid the crowds, try to arrive before 10am or visit after 5pm and after 6 pm during holidays. June, July and August are the three busiest months for visitation.
Check our Visiting in Summer page for more information on planning your trip.
Quinault Rain Forest
North Shore Road is open including the July Creek Picnic Area.
The Quinault Ranger Station on North Shore Road is staffed intermittently Memorial Day weekend through September 30, see info on area bulletin boards. The area trails at the Quinault Ranger Station are open but the restrooms are closed. A toilet is available at the July Creek Picnic Area.
North Fork Road and North Fork Campground (primitive) are open. North Fork Road is a narrow, winding, gravel road and not recommended for RVs or trailers.
Graves Creek Road and Graves Creek Campground (primitive) are open. RVs and trailers are prohibited on Graves Creek Road.
South Shore Road and Lake Quinault Lodge are within Olympic National Forest. There are three Olympic National Forest campgrounds on the south side of the lake.
Queets Rain Forest
Lower Queets Road, Upper Queets Road, and Queets Campground (primitive) are open.
Note: The Upper and Lower Queets roads and Queets Campground are subject to 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 is open. Staircase Campground is open for primitive camping. Flush toilets and drinking water are available during the summer season only.
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).
Road access to Staircase is via Forest Service Road 24, a gravel road along Lake Cushman. Olympic National Forest - Lake Cushman Area (usda.gov)
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.
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.