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 reservation requests can be submitted beginning at noon PDT on March 18 for the 2019 season. Reservations will be accepted online at www.recreation.gov or in person at a park Wilderness Information Center during business hours. A third option for phone reservations will be functional by late April. This option will allow users to call the Recreation.gov call center at 1-877-444-6777 to obtain a reservation. The call center will be available for assistance with navigating the website beginning March 18.
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: July 10, 2019