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.
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.
The CDC has offered guidance to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases while enjoying the outdoors. 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.
Consistent with CDC recommendations, people who are not fully vaccinated (less than 2 weeks past your final dose) must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces. All people, regardless of vaccination status, are required to wear a mask on all forms of public transportation and in healthcare settings on DOI lands.
Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring a historic urban neighborhood, visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and adopt the following recreate responsibly tips:
Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, pack the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
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.
Keep your distance. Follow the CDC's social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. If you are not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
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.
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.
Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Most WIC locations are closed to the public but WIC staff are available by email or phone 7 days a week 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.
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is currently open daily with limited services for the summer season. Restrooms are open. At this time, the exhibits, film, and tables on the upper level are closed. Check back for updates on visitor center operations.
The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop on the lower level of the Visitor Center is open daily for the summer season.
Trail Conditions: Many areas of Hurricane Ridge are still covered in snow, or patchy snow, including Hurricane Hill Trail, High Ridge, Klahhane Ridge, and portions of Cirque Rim and the Big Meadow Loop. Check at the Visitor Center for area trail conditions. Help preserve the meadows by staying on snow or designated trails.
Hurricane Hill Road beyond the Visitor Center is open to vehicles. The restrooms at Picnic Area A and Picnic Area B are open.
Current status and road conditions are available by phone on the Road & Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.
Planning a visit for Fourth of July Weekend? Peak summer visitation time at popular areas like Hurricane Ridge is from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on holiday weekends. To avoid the crowds, plan to arrive early or visit later in the day or evening. The park is open 24 hours a day, so arriving earlier or later can help you avoid the lines and traffic congestion for a more relaxing experience.
Check on twitter for updates and find more information on Visiting In Summer.
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. 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 (see above for project information). 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.
The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to Bovee’s Meadow picnic area, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads, and the Storm King boat launch and area restrooms. La Poel Picnic area on Highway 101 and North Shore Picnic Area on Camp David Jr. Road are 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 is open for the season. Fairholme boat launch is open.
Lake Crescent Lodge is open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.
Alerts for Lake Crescent area :
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground are open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.
The Ozette area is open. Ozette Campground is open and drinking water is available.
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. Hiking north past the backcountry campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
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 open and all campsites are reservable during peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov.
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch Ranger Station is staffed for the spring season Thursday - Monday until June 21 and then staffed daily.
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are reservable for peak season from May 26 - September 15, 2021. Sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance. Reservations can be made online at www.recreation.gov. Any unreserved or cancelled sites will be sold in person on a first-come, first-served basis.
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is open until September 27, 2021.
The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
Kalaloch area Alerts:
Trail Alert: The stairs down to the beach from Kalaloch Lodge were washed out by a winter 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.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open. See alert below regarding Hall of Mosses Trail closures. The interior of the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is currently closed, but staff are available daily from outside the main entrance area through the summer season. Restrooms are open and located outside the visitor center near the main entrance.
The Hoh Campground is open. NEW FOR 2021! Reservations are now available online for the peak season at recreation.gov. 2021 peak season dates: June 1 - September 15, 2021. All campsites are reservable during the peak season. Any unreserved or cancelled sites will be sold at the Hoh Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites are first-come, first-served the rest of the year.
Planning a visit for Fourth of July Weekend? To best avoid the crowds for the busy holiday weekend, try to arrive before 11:00 am or visit after 5:00 pm. Sunday is the busiest day for the 3-day weekend. Expect longer than normal delays at the entrance station on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the holiday weekend. Traffic can be metered at the entrance station into the late afternoon. The long lines at the entrance station are a result of the parking area being at capacity, not due to slow service at the entrance station. The entrance station is on a single-lane road and there is no bypass lane for visitors that already have passes.
Remember: There are no gas or food services at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Fuel up before you visit and remember to bring your own food. Pets are not allowed on the trails at the Hoh Rain Forest.
Check on twitter for updates and find more trip planning information for Visiting In Summer.
Hoh Rain Forest area Alerts:
The Hall of Mosses Trail will be closed during the scheduled dates listed in the table below. The work is anticipated to be complete by June 17. This project will repair sections of poor trail tread and improve drainage. Please expect noise and work activity on the Mini Loop Trail during work days as the trail crew will be using power carriers to transport gravel and work materials. The Mini Loop Trail, Spruce Nature Trail and Hoh River Trail will remain open during this trail project. Check back for updates.
May 26 - June 2 |
June 3 - June 8
June 9 - June 16
Planned for June 17
Check back for updates on project completion
Visitors to the Hoh Rain Forest should be aware of traffic delays for a Jefferson County road construction project outside the park on Upper Hoh Road. This project is managed by Federal Highways and Jefferson County.
Current traffic impacts:
Updates on project website: Upper Hoh River Road Phase 2 | FHWA (dot.gov)
Quinault 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 remains closed, but the restroom and area trails are open.
The 6-mile Graves Creek Road is open. RVs and trailers are not permitted because of road conditions.
The Graves Creek Campground and North Fork Campground are both open for primitive camping with no drinking water.
Queets Rain Forest
Upper Queets Road, Lower Queets Road, 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.
Staircase Campground is open, flush toilets and drinking water are available.
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
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.
Most 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.
Coastal Area Closures - Second Beach & Shi Shi Beach
The following coastal areas of Olympic National Park remain closed until further notice: Second Beach (near La Push) and the coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava (including the Ozette Reservation) to the northern boundary of Shi Shi Beach. Hiking north past the backcountry campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited.
These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
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.