Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight stays in the Olympic National Park wilderness (backcountry) year-round. Permits are limited year-round in some areas.
Due to staffing levels, self-registration permits may not be available at remote self-registration boxes.
Please refer to our current hours and locations to decide where to obtain a permit.
Wilderness Use Fee
Wilderness permit reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance on a rolling basis. While many camp areas are reservable year round, reservations for high elevation areas are limited to a shorter summer season (typically mid July until mid October), these camp areas may be available on a walkup basis outside of that season. Reservations are accepted online at www.recreation.gov or in person at a park Wilderness Information Center during business hours. Once you have reserved your permit you will receive a confirmation from Recreation.gov which you can bring with you to pick up your permit at one of the Wilderness Information Centers.
How to pay:
For walk up and self registration permits, the Port Angeles, Hoodsport and Quinault WICs accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, checks and cash. Also, some ranger stations and a few trailheads have self-registration permit boxes. Contact the WIC for locations via email. Upon completion of your outing, mail your payment in the envelope. Do not leave payment in trailhead permit boxes.
U.S. Forest Service Northwest Forest Passes
US Forest Service Northwest Forest Passes are required when parking at some Olympic National Forest (USFS) trailheads. Some areas of Olympic National Park are accessed by trails originating in USFS areas. Both Park Service and Forest Service registration and fee procedures may apply.
Last updated: March 30, 2020