Wilderness Backpacking Reservations

Backpacking permits are required year-round in Olympic National Park.

  • All permits are created through Recreation.gov, most of which are self-booked by wilderness users. If you are having trouble booking a trip online yourself, contact the Port Angeles Wilderness Information Center during business hours for assistance at (360) 565-3100.

    • All Wilderness backpacking permits must be obtained in advance by self-booking online, calling the number above, or coming into a Wilderness Information Center in-person. There are no longer paper self-registration permits available at trailheads.

  • Permit reservations for the summer season (May 15th through October 15th) will be released on April 15th, at 7:00 AM Pacific Time. Some quota areas, such as the Sol Duc / Seven Lakes Basin, have a narrower season based upon snow conditions. If you are attempting to book early season dates that are not showing available online, please contact the Wilderness Information Center at (360) 565 3100.

  • Some areas operate on a quota basis, such as Sol Duc / Seven Lakes Basin, Grand Valley, Royal Lake, the Cape Alava / Sand Point area, and others. Consult the Olympic Wilderness Trip Planner Map to determine which sites are quota sites. These will be color coded red/yellow.
  • New in 2024, the East Fork Quinault River Trail and Enchanted Valley will be managed as quota areas on a trial basis. For the duration of the trial, which will last up to three years, there will be a maximum of 208 users or 30 permits per night, whichever is reached first. Public comments will be collected from May 15 through October 15 throughout the trial. Comments will inform the final decision about the management change. Wilderness users are encouraged to share how this change improves or impacts their experiences. Instructions for how to submit comments will be posted online at: ParkPlanning - East Fork Quinault Trail and Enchanted Valley Overcrowding (nps.gov)

  • Camp area availability is updated real time on Recreation.gov, and no sites are held as same-day walk-ups.

  • Reservations for permits made over a week in advance are issued by staff around 3 days before the start of your trip.

    • Please note - If the reservation is made less than a week in advance, permits are typically issued within the business hours of the same day or the following morning. If you need a permit before then, visit a Wilderness Information Center or contact us by phone.

  • Once the permit reservation has been issued, you will be able to log in to your account and print the permit yourself.


  • Please note: bear canisters are required in many Wilderness camp areas. Bear canisters are available for loan on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone with a backpacking permit.
  • For current wilderness conditions, visit the trail conditions page.
  • Remember Leave No Trace ethics to help protect the park and keep the backcountry pristine.

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Lunch Lake -Seven Lakes Basin

NPS Photo Brendan Fluckiger

Last updated: April 10, 2024

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