Olympic National Park 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.

Port Angeles Wilderness Information Center (WIC)

Current Hours: Friday - Monday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Self-Registration Permits for non-quota areas only can be obtained at the temporary visitor center in Port Angeles Tuesday - Thursday and after business hours seven days a week.

Permits for Quota Areas must be obtained through the Wilderness Information Center during open hours. If you cannot be at the WIC during open hours, call several days ahead to discuss permit options.

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)
Physical Location: Olympic National Park, 600 East Park Avenue, Port Angeles, WA 98362
The WIC is temporarily located in a double-wide modular building located on the front lawn of park headquarters at 600 East Park Avenue.

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 and drive 1 mile then turn right on Park Ave. Follow the signs to the temporary visitor center and WIC.

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 Race St. and drive 0.2 miles, turn right on Park Ave. Follow the signs to the temporary visitor center and WIC.


Quinault (South Shore) Wilderness Information Center

Phone Number: (360) 288-0232
Location: USFS Pacific Ranger District - Quinault office, 353 South Shore Road, PO Box 9, Quinault, WA 98575
Directions: Heading East or West: Traveling on U.S. Highway 101, turn on to the South Shore Quinault Road and follow two miles from to a yellow building just past the Lake Quinault Lodge.

Current Hours: Closed for the season

Due to staffing levels, self-registration permits for non-quota areas may not be available at this station.

Staircase Ranger Station

Location: At the end of the Staircase Road (USFS 24) inside Olympic National Park.
Directions: Following U.S. Highway 101, turn west on to WA-119 N/N Lake Cushman Rd. in Hoodsport. In 12.6 miles, take a left at the stop sign to continue on WA-119 N/USFS 24/Staircase Road to the ranger station.

Current Hours: Closed for the season

Due to staffing levels, self-registration permits for non-quota areas may not be available at this 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).

Last updated: November 17, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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