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As always, visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan— even for a short day hike. Consider learning CPR and basic wilderness first aid, especially if you are planning to hike in the backcountry. Leaving an accurate itinerary with an emergency contact is a critical step for any trip.
When recreating, please follow local area health orders and recreate responsibly. Olympic National Park will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available by email or phone daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) at 360-565-3100 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Bear canisters are available for lending on a limited basis from the back porch from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.
- Please call 360-565-3131 to check the status of Hurricane Ridge Road prior to your visit. For the month of April, Hurricane Ridge Road may open as weather, road conditions, and staffing allow. Hurricane Ridge Road is typically open 24 hours a day beginning May 1, weather depending.
- Spring operations for Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will begin April 29. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center will be open Friday-Sunday from April 29-May 29 and then open daily for the summer season.
- What's the weather like up there? Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Hill Road are currently closed to vehicles. Obstruction Point Road typically reopens to vehicles by mid June. Hurricane Hill Road typically reopens to vehicles by late May.
Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O' the Hills Campground is currently open, though please be aware that winter conditions can quickly change campground operational status. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Although the Elwha/Olympic Hot Springs Road is closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to a road washout, the road is open to pedestrians, stock, bicyclists, and pets on leash. A toilet is open at the Madison Falls Trailhead, but no further facilities are available beyond the gate. Please pack out all trash.
The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area and restrooms as well as Bovee’s Meadow picnic area, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads. The Storm King and Fairholme boat launches are open. North Shore Picnic Area on Camp David Jr. Road is open.
Spruce Railroad Trail is open from both trailheads: Lyre River/East Beach Road on the east end and North Shore Picnic Area/Camp David Jr. Road on the west end.
Fairholme Campground and La Poel Picnic area on Highway 101 are scheduled to open for the season April 22. New for 2022! Online reservations are now accepted for the summer season dates of May 25 through September 21, 2022 at Fairholme Campground. All campsites are reservable during the reservation period. Sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance. (Starting next summer, the reservation period for Fairholme Campground will be the same as for other park campgrounds on the reservation system—the Wednesday before Memorial Day weekend through mid-September) Any unreserved or cancelled sites will be sold in person at the ranger tent in the parking lot at the Fairholme boat dock during posted hours. Campsites are first-come, first-served outside the reservation period. See news release for additional information.
Lake Crescent Lodge is scheduled to open for the season April 29. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is scheduled to open for the season May 20. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road, Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and Sol Duc Hot Springs RV Park and Campground are open as of March 25, 2022. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
The Ozette area is currently open, including the Ozette Campground (primitive). All campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some sites may be flooded due to seasonal rise in lake level.
Please check with the Washington State Department of Transportation before traveling, as SR 112 has been subject to frequent closure and/or detours resulting from recent flooding and landslides.
The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava (including Shi Shi Beach) reopened March 15.
The Mora area is open including Rialto Beach and Mora Campground. The Mora area is subject to close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Mora Campground is currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for the peak summer season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at recreation.gov).
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch Ranger Station is now closed for the season.
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for the peak summer season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at recreation.gov
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is scheduled to reopen May 20.
The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open.
Hoh Campground is open. All campsites are currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for the summer peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at recreation.gov.
The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is currently open Friday-Sunday, from 10 am - 4 pm through May 22, 2022. The Visitor Center will be open daily beginning May 27.
Quinault Rain Forest
In the Quinault Rain Forest, the North Shore Road is open, including the July Creek Picnic Area. The Ranger Station on North Shore Road is closed for the season; portable toilets are available; trails are open.
South Shore Road and Graves Creek Campground are currently open.
Queets Rain Forest
Lower Queets Road, Upper Queets Road, and Queets Campground (primitive) are open.
Note: The Upper and Lower Queets roads and Queets Campground are subject to close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. Call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
The Staircase area is open. Staircase Campground is open for primitive camping.
Prior to your visit, call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 to check the current status and area information (updated twice daily).
Road access to Staircase (currently closed) is via Forest Service Road 24, a gravel road along Lake Cushman. Olympic National Forest - Lake Cushman Area (usda.gov)
While no advanced reservations are needed to enter the park this summer, you can save time at park entrances by purchasing your digital park entrance passes on Recreation.gov at no additional cost. Once purchased, passes for Olympic National Park must be printed prior to use. While in the park, the paper copy is presented at entrance stations and displayed on the vehicle dashboard, particularly when the vehicle is parked at trailheads. Connectivity is limited or non-existent in the park, therefore printing the permit in advance is required. The pass will be accepted at all park entrance stations.
Wilderness Camping Permits
All Wilderness Camping Permits must be obtained in advance. Trailhead permits are not available. Wilderness Camping Permits are reservable online at Recreation.gov through the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit page prior to the planned trip or over the phone. If you have questions, Wilderness Information Center staff are available via email at OLYM_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100 - option 4. For more information, visit the Wilderness Backpacking Reservations page.
Seasonal Road Closures
The following park roads are closed to vehicles at the park boundary:
- Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Hill Road at Hurricane Ridge are currently closed to vehicles. Obstruction Point Road and Hurricane Hill Road typically open to vehicles by mid June depending on road conditions.
- Deer Park Road closed for the winter season October 25, 2021. Deer Park typically opens to vehicles in June depending on road conditions.
- The Olympic Hot Springs Road and Whiskey Bend Road in the Elwha Valley are closed to vehicles at the Madison Falls parking area due to the washout of Olympic Hot Springs Road.
Seasonal Campground Closures
Park campgrounds may close on short notice due to storms. Call the recorded Road & Weather line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
- Fairholme Campground and South Beach Campground closed for the season September 27, 2021. Fairholme Campground is scheduled to reopen for the season April 22. South Beach Campground is scheduled to reopen for the season May 20.
Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
- Fairholme Store will remain closed until Memorial Day weekend 2022.
- Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground closed for the season September 30, 2021. Log Cabin Resort is scheduled to reopen May 20, 2022.