Wilderness (Backpacking) Reservations

2019 Wilderness (Backpacking) Reservations

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. For new users to Recreation.gov, we recommend you create an account and get familiar with the new site which was launched on October 1, 2018.

Be aware that ice axes will be necessary for safe passage over most divides and passes until around the middle of July. High country areas melt out on different dates each year depending on the past winter's snowpack depth and spring temperatures. For current wilderness conditions, please visit the trail conditions page or e-mail us.

Quota Area:
For the following wilderness camp areas, overnight use limits are in effect to help minimize human impacts and provide a quality wilderness experience. These limitations are reflected in the availability of groups and backpackers listed on the Recreation.gov website.

100% of the quota may be reserved in advance for:

50% of the quota may be reserved at the locations listed below. The other 50% is available on a first-come, first-served from the WIC during business hours up to 24 hours in advance. If there is only 1 site, then that site is reservable.

Important information about reservations & quota areas:

  • Camping is only permitted in designated sites within quota areas.
  • In quota areas, deviation from your permit itinerary is not allowed, except in cases of emergency.
  • Campsites at larger camp areas are not individually assigned but are first-come, first-served for permit holders.
  • In other areas (brown campsites on Trip Planner Map), permits are not limited and can be picked up at a permit office the day of or day before your hike. Campsites are first-come, first-served.

Visit the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permits page on Recreation.gov after noon on March 18th, 2019 to submit a reservation. After the launch, reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance on a rolling basis. While many camp areas will be reservable year round, reservations for high elevation areas will be 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, contact the Wilderness Information Center for current conditions.

Visit the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permits page on Recreation.gov for current permit availability.

Fees:

  • Wilderness camping fees are $8 per person per night for those 16 or older (15 and younger are free) plus a $6 permit fee. For example, the fee for 2 adults camping for 4 nights will be $70 ($64 camping fee + $6 permit fee).
  • Wilderness Camping Permit Change and Refund Policy: You may make changes in Recreation.gov to your permit up to 2 days in advance of your trip and your camping fee will be adjusted accordingly. If you cancel your trip up to 7 days in advance of your trip your camping fee will be refunded, but not the $6 permit fee. If cancelled within 7 days there is no refund. A confirmation is NOT a permit. You must exchange your reservation confirmation for your permit at a Wilderness Information Center during business hours.
  • Wilderness Passes are available for $45 and cover one individual's per night camping fees for 12 months from the month of purchase; permits and reservations are still required with Wilderness Passes. Other members of their group who do not have their own Annual Wilderness Pass will still pay the $8 per person per night fee.
  • Wilderness Camping and Permit fee Refund Policy: You may make changes in Recreation.gov to your permit up to 2 days in advance of your trip and your camping fee will be adjusted accordingly. If you cancel your trip up to 7 days in advance of your trip your camping fee will be refunded, but not the $6 permit fee. If cancelled within 7 days there is no refund.
  • Use the Fee Amount table below to calculate your wilderness camping fee.

On March 18, 2019 Wilderness online permit reservations were implemented on Recreation.gov. Below is some regarding this program.

About Recreation.gov

  • Recreation.gov is the online reservation system used for permits and camping for over 3,500 federal land management facilities. The website was first launched in 1995 with a major upgrade in 2018.

  • In addition to wilderness camping permits, Olympic NP currently utilizes Recreation.gov at several frontcountry campgrounds. We will also be implementing digital park entrance passes on the website in the coming months.

About Online Wilderness Permits at OLYM

  • The Recreation.gov reservation system allows backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time, plan their trip and receive immediate confirmation, and streamline the park's wilderness permit reservations.

  • Reservations are 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, 2019. 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 beginning March 18 for assistance with navigating the website.

  • Wilderness camping fees are $8 per person per night for those 16 or older (15 and younger are free) plus a $6 permit fee. For example, the fee for 2 adults camping for 4 nights will be $70 ($64 camping fee + $6 permit fee).

  • The $6 permit fee is to cover the Recreation.gov contract cost to maintain the permit system.
  • Permit reservations can be made up to 6 months in advance on a rolling basis.
  • After reserving their permit online, visitors must exchange their email confirmation from Recreation.gov for their permit at a Wilderness Information Center during business hours.

  • Olympic Annual Wilderness Passes are $45 per person. Wilderness Passes cover one individual's per night camping fees for 12 months from the month of purchase; permits and reservations are still required with Wilderness passes.

  • Wilderness Camping Permit Change and Refund Policy. You may make changes in Recreation.gov to your permit up to 2 days in advance of your trip and your camping fee will be adjusted accordingly. If you cancel your trip up to 7 days in advance of your trip your camping fee will be refunded, but not the $6 permit fee. If cancelled within 7 days there is no refund.

How Wilderness Fees are used

  • Wilderness use fees help support visitor management projects like trail maintenance, pit toilets, revegetation projects and Wilderness Information Centers.

 
Table for determining Wilderness Use Fee.
Wilderness Use Fee Table

Last updated: March 16, 2019

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Phone:

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