Wilderness Information Center

If you have questions about trails, permits, reservations, quotas, food storage requirements, weather or other wilderness related questions, contact a park ranger at the Wilderness Information Center (WIC) in Port Angeles:
Phone Number: (360) 565-3100 If you can't get through, leave us a message and we will do our best to call you back. See website for Wilderness Reservations.
Email Address: e-mail us (backcountry questions only, please)
Mailing Address: Olympic National Park, WIC, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362. Our physical address is noted below.
Directions: Follow U.S. Highway 101 into Port Angeles. As you approach Race St., you will see a large brown sign for Hurricane Ridge/Olympic National Park Visitor Center. Turn left onto Race and drive 1 mile, just past Park St., to the visitor center. The WIC is located within the Visitor Center at 3002 Mt. Angeles Rd. MapQuest directions

Current Hours: Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day through September 30. Open 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. after September 30.
Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS can still be obtained at the self-registration box on the back porch after business hours.
 

Quinault (South Shore) Wilderness Information Office (360) 288-0232

Current Hours: Monday through Saturday 8-4 and Sunday 9-4 through September 30.


Location: 2 miles from Highway 101 on South Shore Quinault Rd, next to the Lake Quinault Lodge.

Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS are still available in the after-hours kiosk next to the ranger station.

 

Staircase Ranger Station

Current Hours: 8:30-4:00, Friday-Sunday through September 30.

Location: end of Staircase Road, inside Olympic National Park.

Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS are still available in the after-hours kiosk next to the ranger station.

 

Services provided by the Wilderness Information Center:

  • Wilderness (Backcountry) Camping Permits for all of Olympic National Park.
  • Advance reservations for limited use wilderness areas within Olympic National Park.
  • Wilderness trip planning assistance (trail information, trail conditions, safety concerns).
  • Wilderness education (Leave No Trace, food storage, safety).
Bear Canisters are available for loan. A suggested $3 per canister donation helps to perpetuate the program and provide education materials.

Discover Your Northwest (also at the VC) sells topographic maps, guide books, and field guides.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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