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)

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, 3002 Mt. Angeles Rd., Port Angeles, WA 98362
Use this for driving directions. The WIC is located within the Visitor Center. Mapquest Directions
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, just past Park St., to the 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 Race St. and drive 0.2 miles, just past Park St., to the visitor center.

Current Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Fri-Sun, open other days as staff is available. Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS can still be obtained at the self-registration box on the back porch after business hours. Self-registering for Reservation areas is allowed from October 1st - April 30th only. Quotas still exist in reservation areas during the winter season; camp in designated sites only.

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: Travelling 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: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. except closed on Holidays.

Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS can still be obtained in the after-hours kiosk next to the ranger station after business hours. Self-registration for reservation areas is allowed October 1st - April 30th. Quotas still exist in reservation areas during the winter season; camp in designated sties only.

Due to staffing levels, Self-registration permits may not be available.

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
Self-registration permits FOR NON-RESERVATION AREAS are still available in the after-hours kiosk next to the ranger station. Self-registration for reservation areas is allowed October 1st - April 30th. Quotas still exist in reservation areas during the winter season; camp in designated sites only.

Due to staffing levels, self-registration permits mat not be available

 

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.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

600 E. Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362

Phone:

(360) 565-3130

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