May 29, 2020 Update
The Lake Crescent area is open for day use recreation. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King and Fairholme boat launches. Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and East Beach picnic areas are also accessible. Note: The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.
Lake Crescent Lodge is now open and updates are available on their website. All dining at the lodge will be open to lodging guests, but offering takeout services only.
Sol Duc Road is open to vehicles for day use recreation.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is now open for lodging and updates are available on their website. The Sol Duc RV Park & Campground remain closed at this time. All dining will be open to lodging guests, but offering takeout services only. At this time, access to the Mineral Hot Springs & Pool will be limited to Sol Duc Resort guests only. Day passes will not be available for guests outside of Sol Duc Resort.
The Heart O’ the Forest trail in the Heart O’ the Hills area is accessible for day use with parking available at the amphitheater.
The Staircase area is open for day use recreation.
The North Shore Road and July Creek Picnic Area in Quinault are open for day use recreation. (Graves Creek and North Fork roads remain closed to motor vehicles). Toilets are available at July Creek and at the Quinault Ranger Station on North Shore Road. The Ranger Station remains closed.
Entrance fees: As park areas reopen for day use recreation, entrance fees will also be collected. 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.
Update to Temporary Recreational Fishing Closure: The following park waters will open to recreational fishing June 1: Lake Crescent, Sol Duc River, Gray Wolf River, Dosewallips River, Duckabush River, North Fork Skokomish River, and mountain lakes as per normal fishing seasons and regulations. The reopening is part of a phased approach by specific geographic area. Anglers are encouraged to practice responsible recreation and enjoy these outdoor activities if they can do so close to home, while also practicing physical distancing. Check out the park Fishing Regulations webpage for updates and additional information.
Visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan even for a day hike.
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.
As parks make more areas available to the public, the NPS encourages you to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles when you visit.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
All coastal areas of Olympic National Park are closed to all park visitors until further notice. The coastal area closures include all parking areas, trails, beaches, and facilities at Kalaloch, Mora, and Ozette.
- The following park roads are closed at the park boundary: Hurricane Ridge Road above the Heart O' the Hills entrance station; Ozette Road; Mora Road; Upper Hoh Road; Lower and Upper Queets roads; and the North Fork and Graves Creek roads in the Quinault Valley. 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. Deer Park, Obstruction Point, and Hurricane Hill roads have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time.
- All overnight camping, including in wilderness, is currently suspended. All drive-in park campgrounds are closed including: Staircase, Heart O’ the Hills, Ozette, Mora, Hoh, Kalaloch, Queets, North Fork, and Graves Creek. Deer Park, Fairholme, Sol Duc, and South Beach have not opened for the season and remain closed at this time. With this closure, it is important to remember that no other areas in the park are authorized for camping.
- To make changes to or cancel existing wilderness permit reservations affected by this closure, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at 360-565-3100 (Option 4) or email Olym_WIC@nps.gov.
- Public facilities including visitor centers and ranger stations remain closed.
- Kalaloch Lodge, Creekside Restaurant and The Mercantile closed as of March 23. The tentative date for reopening is currently June 12 at the earliest.
- Log Cabin Resort has delayed opening until June 12 at the earliest.