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Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available in person, by email, or phone daily (except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day) at 360-565-3100 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bear canisters are available for lending on a limited basis from 9:00 am to 5:00pm.
Hurricane Hill Road (1.5 miles, not suitable for RVs or buses) beyond the Hurricane Ridge Parking Area is open.
Obstruction Point Road opened on June 27, 2023.
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 are open.
Online reservations are now accepted for the peak summer season at Fairholme Campground. All campsites are currently reservable from May 25 to September 24, 2023. Sites may be reserved up to 6 months in advance. 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. Updates for operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is open for the season. Updates for operations are available on the concessioner's website.
Fairholme Store is open for the season. See the concessioner's website for details.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs RV Park and Campground is open. 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 May 25 – September 20, 2023. 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.
The Kalaloch area is open.
Kalaloch Ranger Station is open daily, 9 AM - 5 PM.
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are reservable during the peak summer season from May 25 – September 20, 2023. 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 open 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 May 25 – September 11, 2023. 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 Fridays - Sundays from 10am - 5pm.
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.
The Staircase area is open. Staircase Campground is open.
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.
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. While in the park, the pass is presented at entrance stations and, when possible, displayed on the vehicle dashboard at trailheads, campgrounds, and park lodges.
- We encourage you to print, screenshot, or save the pass for offline use. Connectivity is limited or non-existent in the park, therefore you need to save the pass for offline access. 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.
Please reach out to the lodging concessioners for questions related to their level of operations.