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Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available in person, by email, or phone daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) at 360-565-3100. Bear canisters are available for lending on a limited basis.
Hurricane Hill Road (1.5 miles, not suitable for RVs or buses) beyond the Hurricane Ridge Parking Area is closed.
Obstruction Point Road is closed for the season.
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 is closed for the season.
La Poel Picnic Area is open.
Lake Crescent Lodge is open. Updates for operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is closed for the season. Updates for operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Fairholme Store is closed for the season. See the concessioner's website for details.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is closed for the season. It typically reopens in late March.
Sol Duc Hot Springs RV Park and Campground is closed. Updates for 2024 operations will be 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. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Self registration is available at the campground bulletin boards. Credit cards are accepted.
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.
The Kalaloch area is open.
Kalaloch Ranger Station is closed for the 2023 season. Passport stamps can be found at Kalaloch Lodge.
Kalaloch Campground is open. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Self registration is available at the campground bulletin boards. Credit cards are accepted.
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is closed for the season.
The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open.
Hoh Campground is open. Campsites are available on a first come, first served basis. Self registration is available at the campground bulletin boards. Credit cards are accepted.
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. 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.
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.
The Staircase area is open.
Staircase Campground is closed.
Flush toilets and drinking water are available during the summer season only.
Road access to Staircase is via Forest Service Road 24, a gravel road along Lake Cushman. Olympic National Forest - Lake Cushman Area (usda.gov)
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.