September 17, 2020 Update
Park Rangers are available on the front porch at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm daily. A table on the front porch is staffed with a Discover Your Northwest sales area. Staff are also available to answer phones and emails.
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The Hurricane Ridge area is now open. Hurricane Ridge Road is currently open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm for access to restrooms only from the upper level. Rangers are available outside during Visitor Center hours. The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café (take-out only) and Gift Shop is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm from the lower level of the Visitor Center. The Café (take-out only) and Gift Shop will close for the season on September 27, 2020.
- Obstruction Point Road is open.
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open. Park Rangers are available outside the Visitor Center from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm (except Wednesdays) through October. The Hoh Campground is open.
The Mora area including Rialto Beach is now open. Mora Campground is open and is now first-come, first-served until peak season 2021. All campsites are reservable during peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov.
The Ozette area is open. Ozette Campground is open. The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava, including the Ozette reservation and Shi Shi Beach, remains closed to all park visitors until further notice.
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6. Park Rangers are available outside the Kalaloch Ranger Station from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm daily. Kalaloch Ranger Station will close for the season after September 28. Kalaloch Campground and South Beach Campground are open. South Beach Campground closes after checkout time on September 28.
The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
The Lake Crescent area is open. This includes the Barnes Point area with access to the Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads and the Storm King and Fairholme boat launches. East Beach, Bovee’s Meadow, La Poel and North Shore picnic areas are also open. Fairholme Campground is open. Fairholme Camprgound will close for the season November 2.
- Note: The Spruce Railroad Trail is currently under construction and closed to all use for public safety until the project is complete in fall 2020.
Lake Crescent Lodge - 2020 Season: May 29 - October 25, 2020. Updates are available on their website. All dining at the lodge is open to lodging guests but offering takeout services only. Kayak, Canoe and Paddleboard rentals are available. Boat tours will not be offered this season. Visitors should reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
The Sol Duc area is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort - 2020 Season: May 29 - September 27, 2020. Updates are available on their website. The Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground are scheduled to close for teh season on September 27. Fairholme Campground at Lake Crescent is remaining open longer this year as an alternative. All dining is open to lodging guests but offering takeout services only. At this time, access to the Mineral Hot Springs & Pool will be limited to Sol Duc Resort guests only. Day passes will not be available for guests outside of Sol Duc Resort including campground guests. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Heart O’ the Forest trailhead (parking and restroom available near the campground amphitheater) and Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O' the Hills Campground is open.
Elwha: 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.
The Quinault Rain Forest is open including area trails and the July Creek Picnic Area. North Fork Road and North Fork Campground (primitive) are open. Graves Creek Road and Graves Creek Campground (primitive) are open. The Ranger Station remains closed on North Shore Road.
Lower Queets Road and Upper Queets Road are open. Queets Campground (primitive) is open.
Deer Park Road and Deer Park Campground are open.
Wilderness Camping Permits
As of July 8, backpacking permits for overnight camping in the coastal wilderness have resumed for the South Coast Beach Route from Third Beach to Oil City and the North Coast Beach Route from Rialto Beach to Cape Alava. Second Beach (La Push) and the area north of Cape Alava, including the Ozette Reservation and Shi Shi Beach, remain closed to all park visitors until further notice. Wilderness backpacking permits for overnight camping in the interior wilderness of the park resumed July 1.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in place for Wilderness Camping Permits for the 2020 season. For more information, visit the Wilderness Backpacking Reservations page.
- Wilderness Information Centers (WIC) will remain closed to the public for the summer of 2020. If you have any questions, WIC staff are available via email at OLYM_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100.
- All Wilderness Camping Permits must be obtained in advance. There will be no self-registration available for the remainder of 2020, trailhead permits are no longer available.
- There will be no walk up permits available at any Wilderness Information Center (WIC). All WIC locations are closed to the public but WIC staff will be available to answer telephone calls and assist with permit questions/issues.
- All Wilderness Camping Permits must be reserved online Recreation.gov through the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit page prior to the planned trip or over the phone. If you have any questions, WIC staff are available via email Olym_WIC@nps.gov or by phone at (360) 565-3100, option 4.
Reopening of Recreational Fishing by Geographic Area
On June 1, 2020, recreational fishing opened on Lake Crescent, Sol Duc River, Gray Wolf River, Dosewallips River, Duckabush River, North Fork Skokomish River, and mountain lakes in Olympic National Park as per normal fishing seasons and regulations.
Other waters within Olympic National Park opened to fishing as per normal seasons, gear, and daily limits on the following dates:
- June 10: Kalaloch Creek; Cedar Creek; Mosquito Creek; Goodman Creek.
- June 19: Lake Ozette; Lower Quillayute and Dickey Rivers; Intertidal and marine waters; Bogachiel and South Fork Calawah Rivers; Queets and Salmon Rivers; Matheny Creek and Sams River; Quinault, East Fork and North Fork Rivers; Irely Lake; and, all tributaries to above listed areas.
The Elwha, Hoh, South Fork Hoh, and their tributaries remain closed to fishing until further notice. For further information, please visit https://www.nps.gov/olym/planyourvisit/fishing.htm
Entrance fees: 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.
Visitors are urged to plan ahead, hike smart, pack the Ten Essentials, and have an emergency plan even for a 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 piece for any trip in the backcountry.
While the listed areas are accessible for visitors to enjoy, a return to full operations will continue to be phased, and services may be limited. When recreating, please follow local area health orders, practice Leave No Trace principles, and avoid crowding and high-risk outdoor activities.
As parks make more areas available to the public, the NPS encourages you to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and follow Leave No Trace principles when you visit.
- Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, follow the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
- Keep it close. Follow the state and county orders governing the open status of the area you’re considering visiting. The National Park Service is working closely with governors and state and local health departments as we increase access and services across the National Park System.
- Keep your distance. Recreate with the people in your household. Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail, at a boat launch, or in a parking lot. Follow the CDC social distancing guidelines for staying six feet away from others. Be prepared to cover your nose and mouth if you’re near others.
- Know your limits. Postpone challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks, and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic.
- Keep it with you. If you brought it, take it with you. Trash pickup and restroom facilities will continue to be limited in many park areas . Follow Leave No Trace principles.
- Keep it inclusive. Be an active part of making our nation’s parks and public lands safe and welcoming for all identities and abilities.
The NPS conducts thousands of search and rescues servicewide each year, many of which could be avoided with visitors planning and making responsible decisions. During the ongoing health crisis, it’s critical that we make wise choices to keep our national park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way. Please follow these Recreate Responsibly tips to safely spend time outside.
- The Staircase area and Staircase Campground closed as of Friday, August 21 until further notice due to the closure of Forest Road 24/Lake Cushman Road outside the park boundary. The Forest Service is closing the road to vehicles and pedestrians for public safety. Olympic National Forest news release
- The following coastal areas of Olympic National Park remain closed until further notice: Second Beach (La Push) and Shi Shi Beach. These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
- The following park roads are closed at the park boundary:
- 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.
- Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.
- Fairholme Store will remain closed this season.
- Log Cabin Resort - 2020 Season ended on September 13, 2020. Updates are available on their website.