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.
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:
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.
On March 18, 2019 Wilderness online permit reservations were implemented on Recreation.gov. Below is some regarding this program.
About Online Wilderness Permits at OLYM
How Wilderness Fees are used
Last updated: March 16, 2019