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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. The Hurricane Ridge Road is closed Mondays - Thursdays. Weather permitting, the Hurricane Ridge Road is scheduled to be open Fridays - Sundays and holiday Mondays through March 26, 2023. The road may close with short notice due to severe weather or unsafe conditions.
- The Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge is open on its winter season schedule. Learn more here. From approximately April 2023 to May 2024, the Hurricane Ridge Day Lodge will be closed while it undergoes a major rehabilitation project, funded through the Great American Outdoors Act. Temporary facilities will serve visitors to Hurricane Ridge during this closure. Learn more here.
- What's the weather like up there? Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
Hurricane Hill Road (1.5 miles, not suitable for RVs or buses) beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is closed for the season.
Obstruction Point Road is closed for the season.
The Heart O’ the Hills area is open including Heart O' the Hills Campground and the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily). The Heart O' the Hills Campground will be closed from March 1 to May 12, 2023, during rehabilitation of water and wastewater systems. Learn more here.
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 closed for the season.
New for 2022! Online reservations are now accepted for the peak summer season at Fairholme Campground. All campsites are currently reservable through September 21, 2022. 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 open for the season. Updates for 2022 operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is closed for the season. Updates for operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Fairholme Store is closed for the season. See the concessioner's website for details.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is closed.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort, and Sol Duc Hot Springs RV Park and Campground are closed for the season. Updates for 2023 operations will be 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.
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 Mora area is open including Rialto Beach and Mora Campground. All campsites are reservable at Mora Campground during the peak summer season from June 6 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov).
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).
The Kalaloch area is open.
Kalaloch Ranger Station is closed for the season.
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are reservable during the peak summer season from May 25 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is closed for the season.
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 reservable during the peak summer season from June 6 – September 21, 2022. Campsites for the peak season may be reserved online up to 6 months in advance at recreation.gov.
The Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is open Friday-Sunday from 10 am - 4 pm through January 1, 2023.
The Hoh Rain Forest is a popular place to visit in summer and the parking lot can fill completely any day of the week. It is exceptionally busy on summer weekends and holidays. When the parking areas fill, vehicles are stopped at the entrance station because there is no parking available. Vehicles are let in as other vehicles exit. Wait times can be long (1-2 hours) during busy periods. Peak summer visitation time is from 10am - 5pm. To avoid the crowds, try to arrive before 10am or visit after 5pm and after 6 pm during holidays. June, July and August are the three busiest months for visitation.
Check our Visiting in Summer page for more information on planning your trip.
Quinault Rain Forest
North Shore Road is open including the July Creek Picnic Area.
The Quinault Ranger Station on North Shore Road is staffed intermittently Memorial Day weekend through September 30, see info on area bulletin boards. The area trails at the Quinault Ranger Station are open but the restrooms are closed. A toilet is available at the July Creek Picnic Area.
North Fork Road and North Fork Campground (primitive) are open. North Fork Road is a narrow, winding, gravel road and not recommended for RVs or trailers.
Graves Creek Road and Graves Creek Campground (primitive) are open. RVs and trailers are prohibited on Graves Creek Road.
South Shore Road and Lake Quinault Lodge are within Olympic National Forest. There are three Olympic National Forest campgrounds on the south side of the lake.
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 closed. Staircase Campground is closed.
Flush toilets and drinking water are available during the summer season only.
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 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:
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).
Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.