North Coast Route - Olympic Wilderness
Ecosystem type: Coastal forest, rocky cliffs, and ocean beach
Permits/Reservations: Permits are limited year round for camping from Yellow Banks to Point of the Arches, obtain permits at the WIC in Port Angeles. Contact the WIC for other locations where permits are issued. Reservations are recommended May 1 through September 30 for camping from Yellow Banks to Point of the Arches.
Leave No Trace: Leave No Trace of your stay to protect vegetation and prevent further camping regulations. Camp in preexisting sites or on sand to prevent damage to vegetation.
Campfires: To protect coastal forests, build fires on the beach and burn only driftwood. Wood burning fires are prohibited between the headland north of Yellow Banks and the headland at Wedding Rocks. This includes the Sand Point area.
Wildlife Precautions: Due to the ingenuity of raccoons and other wildlife in obtaining human food, as of May 2013, all food, garbage, and scented items must be stored—overnight and when unattended—in park-approved Bear Canisters along the entire Olympic National Park Wilderness Coast. Buckets or other hard-sided containers are no longer permitted.
Last updated: October 14, 2017