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Hurricane Ridge
For the 2020-2021 winter season, Hurricane Ridge Road is open to uphill traffic Friday through Sunday and some holidays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, weather and road conditions permitting, through March 28. In addition, Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to open on holiday Mondays on January 18 and February 15, 2021. All vehicles are required to carry tire chains and must be below the Heart O' the Hills entrance station by 5:00 pm during the winter season.

The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will remain closed through the winter season. Park staff are available at an information window from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm but the exhibit space, tables, and warming area are closed. 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. Restroom facilities are open.The concession-operated Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café, Gift Shop, and Rental Shop on the lower level of the visitor center will not open this winter season. No food service or gear rentals are available at Hurricane Ridge.

Hurricane Ridge Road may need to close on short notice for safety. Winter storms can close or delay opening of the Hurricane Ridge Road; high winds and blizzard conditions are not uncommon. The Hurricane Ridge Road closes temporarily when the parking lot becomes completely full. Visitors are urged to park efficiently in order to maximize parking space. Current status and road conditions are available by phone on the Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131 and on Twitter @HRWinterAccess (no account necessary).

Check the park webpage on Visiting Hurricane Ridge in Winter for more information.

Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O' the Hills Campground is currently walk-in due to snow (limited parking available near the entrance station). 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 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)

  • East Beach Road at Lake Crescent remains closed at Highway 101 due to debris hazards from wildland fire. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are closed. Access to eastern end of Spruce Railroad Trail/Lyre River Trailhead via Highway 112 to Joyce-Piedmont Road.
  • As of 1/3/21, Spruce Railroad Trail is temporarily closed to through traffic/between the tunnels due to a landslide from heavy rains.

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. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).


The Mora area including Rialto Beach 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 Ranger Station and South Beach Campground closed for the season September 28). 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).

  • The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.


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).

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). North Fork Road, and Graves Creek Road are all temporarily closed due to a storm. Lower Queets Road is currently closed beyond Hartzell Boat Launch.

Queets Rain Forest: Upper Queets Road and Queets Campground (primitive) are open. Lower Queets Road is open up to Hartzell Boat Launch as of 1/4/21. 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 and Staircase Campground are open. Staircase Campground is currently primitive with vault toilets and no potable water.The Staircase 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).


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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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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.

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 the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
  3. Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
  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.

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.

Closed:

  • As of 1/3/21, Spruce Railroad Trail is temporarily closed to through traffic/between the tunnels due to a landslide from heavy rains.
  • Lower Queets Road is closed beyond Hartzell Boat Launch as of 1/4/21
  • 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 at the park boundary:
    • Sol Duc Road is now closed for the winter season.
    • Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Hill Road at Hurricane Ridge are closed to vehicles for the winter season.
    • Deer Park Road is now 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 remains closed at Highway 101 due to debris hazards from wildland fire. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are closed.
  • The following campgrounds are now closed for the winter season:
    • South Beach Campground (closed as of September 28).
    • Sol Duc Campground (operated by Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort - closed as of September 27).
    • 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 - 2020 Season ended October 25, 2020. Updates are available on their website.
    • Log Cabin Resort - 2020 Season ended September 13, 2020. Updates are available on their website.
    • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground - 2020 Season ended September 27, 2020. Updates are available on their website.
    • The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop is closed for the season as of September 27, 2020.

Last updated: January 5, 2021

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