Planning Your Wilderness Trip

In Response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in place for Wilderness Camping Permits for the remainder of the 2020 season, please visit the Wilderness (Backpacking) Reservations page for more details.

  • Are you thinking of backpacking the Seven Lakes Basin / High Divide in 2020? Additional reservations for the summer of 2020 will be released to the public on Recreation.gov on July 12th at 8 AM PDT.

  • These sites are typically held for walk-up permits to give last-minute backpackers a chance to explore the Sol Duc. But, since the Wilderness Information Center is closed to protect the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, hikers won’t be able to show up in person to take advantage. Remember that all permits must be reserved on Recreation.gov. Permits can be made up to 6 months in advance – plan ahead to get the sites you want!

**Due to the closure of Forest Road 24 outside the park boundary to vehicles and pedestrians, the Staircase area, campground, and trailheads will close beginning Friday, August 21 until further notice. The closure of Forest Road 24 is for public safety.**


The Daniel J. Evans Wilderness is one of the wildest places left in the Lower Forty-Eight states.

This year, nearly 50,000 people will camp in Olympic's wilderness and thousands more will take day hikes. Olympic is fragile. If we care for it, we can preserve its wildness and grandeur for future generations.

Do your part to preserve Olympic's wilderness character by Leaving-No-Trace of your stay.


In 1988, Congress designated 95% of Olympic National Park as Wilderness. In December, 2016 Congress re-designated the "Olympic Wilderness" as the "Daniel J. Evans Wilderness" to honor Senator Evans' dedication to preserving our wildest places. The Wilderness Act of 1964 directs federal agencies to manage wilderness so as to preserve its wilderness character. Find out more about National Park Service Wilderness areas, wilderness designation, the Wilderness Act and other nearby wilderness areas.

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Last updated: September 7, 2020

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