Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center

Please note that bear canisters are required at some wilderness camp areas such as the coast, the Royal Basin area, the Sol Duc/7 Lakes Basin area, 5 mile Island on the Hoh River Trail and Enchanted Valley in Quinault.

We highly encourage wilderness users to provide their own bear canisters, though, bear canisters are available for loan from Wilderness Information Centers during business hours. While we do have a large supply of canisters, we occasionally run out over exceptionally busy weekends.

If you have questions about trails, permits, reservations, quotas, food storage requirements, weather, or other wilderness related questions, contact a wilderness center for more information.

Port Angeles Wilderness Information Center (WIC)

  • Current Hours: Open daily 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
  • Operating Season: Open year round, closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day
  • Phone Number: (360) 565-3100
  • We appreciate your patience during the summer season when our call volume is the highest. See website for Wilderness Reservations.
  • E-mail Address: e-mail us (backcountry questions only)
  • Physical Location: Olympic National Park Visitor Center, 3002 Mount Angeles Road, Port Angeles, WA 98362
  • Mailing Address: Olympic National Park, WIC, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362.
  • Directions:
    • Heading West: 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 Street and drive 1 mile to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.
    • Heading East: Follow U.S. Highway 101 into Port Angeles and take a slight right on E Lauridsen Blvd. In 0.8 miles take a right on S. Race St. continue onto Mount Angeles Rd to the Olympic National Park Visitor Center.

Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station

  • Current Hours: 9 AM - 4 PM, As staffing allows
  • Operating Season: Memorial Day through Labor Day
  • Phone Number: (360) 288-2444
  • Location: Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station - 913 North Shore Road, Amanda Park, WA 98526.
  • Directions: Heading East or West: Traveling on U.S. Highway 101, turn onto the North Shore Quinault Road. Follow the road for approximately 5 miles and turn left at the sign for the Quinault Rain Forest Ranger Station.

Hoodsport Wilderness Information Center

  • Current Hours: Open Thur-Mon, 9 AM - 4 PM. NPS Rangers will begin staffing the Wilderness Information Center desk mid-June, 2023.
  • Operating Season: Mid-June through Labor Day
  • Location: Inside the Hoodsport Visitor Information Center, 150 N Cushman Rd., Hoodsport, WA 98548
  • Directions: Heading East or West: Traveling on U.S. Highway 101, In Hoodsport turn on to N. Cushman Road. The Information Center is 500' ahead on the right.

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).

Last updated: May 26, 2023

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Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362


360 565-3130

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