Planning your trip to Olympic? Check out our Top 10 Tips to Plan Like A Park Ranger
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.
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 and recreate responsibly by keeping social distance, wearing a face covering when social distance cannot be maintained, avoiding high risk activities, and staying home if you feel sick.
The CDC has offered guidance to help people recreating in parks and open spaces prevent the spread of infectious diseases. We 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.
Whether seeking wide-open spaces or exploring a historic urban neighborhood, visitors should follow CDC guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and adopt the following recreate responsibly tips:
Know before you go. Visit NPS.gov/findapark for current park conditions and availability of restrooms and other facilities. Make a plan, pack the 10 Essentials, and if you are sick, stay home.
Keep it close. Follow state, tribal, and local orders of where you’re traveling. The NPS is working closely with public health professionals to make operational changes and adapt to changing conditions.
Keep your distance. Follow the CDC’s social distancing guidelines and stay at least six feet away from other people. Wear a mask when you are near others—and always inside park buildings.
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.
Wilderness Information Center
Road & Weather Hotline (recording)
Wilderness Information Center: Staff are available by email or phone 7 days a week at 360-565-3100 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Bear canisters are available for lending on a limited basis from the back porch from 9:00 am to 5:00pm.
The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is currently open with limited services and staffed daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm for the summer season. Restrooms are open.
The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop on the lower level of the Visitor Center is open daily from 10:00am to 5:00pm for the summer season.
Trail Conditions: Check at the Visitor Center for area trail conditions. Help preserve the meadows by staying on designated trails.
Hurricane Hill Road beyond the Visitor Center is open to vehicles. The restrooms at Picnic Area A and Picnic Area B are open.
Obstruction Point Road is open.
Current status and road conditions are available by phone on the Road & Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131.
Peak summer visitation time at popular areas like Hurricane Ridge is from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm on holiday weekends. To avoid the crowds, plan to arrive early or visit later in the day or evening. The park is open 24 hours a day, so arriving earlier or later can help you avoid the lines and traffic congestion for a more relaxing experience.
Check on twitter for updates and find more information on Visiting In Summer.
Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
Heart O’ the Hills area is open. This includes the Lake Angeles/Heather Park trailheads. Heart O' the Hills Campground is open. The Heart O' the Hills Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather. 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 with access to Bovee’s Meadow picnic area, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads, and the Storm King boat launch and area restrooms. La Poel Picnic area on Highway 101 and North Shore Picnic Area on Camp David Jr. Road are 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 will close for the season at checkout time 11:00am September 27. Fairholme boat launch is open.
Lake Crescent Lodge is open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.
Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website. Log Cabin Campground will close for the season September 30.
Alerts for Lake Crescent area:
- All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are open. Please park in designated parking areas only. Be prepared to pack out trash. Restrooms located at East Beach Picnic Area and the Lyre River Trailhead for Spruce Railroad Trail at the end of East Beach Road.
- Fairholme Store will remain closed for the 2021 season.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is open.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground are open and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website. The campground will transition to primitive camping after October 31.
The Ozette area is open. Ozette Campground is open and drinking water is available.
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. Hiking north past the backcountry campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited. This closure is in alignment with the Makah Tribe's closure of the Makah Reservation, which includes the northern trailhead for Shi Shi Beach, and the Ozette Reservation.
Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
The Mora area is open including Rialto Beach.
Mora Campground is open and all campsites are currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov).
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch Ranger Station is currently staffed daily through September 30, 2021 (end of season).
Kalaloch Campground is open. All campsites are currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov)
South Beach Campground, a primitive campground located just south of Kalaloch, is open until September 27, 2021.
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. See alert below regarding heavy summer visitation and planning ahead. Staff are available daily through the summer season either from outside the main entrance area of the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center or from inside the building when open with limited occupancy and services at this time. Restrooms are open and located outside the visitor center near the main entrance.
The Hoh Campground is open. All campsites are currently first-come, first-served (all sites are reservable for peak season and may be reserved online 6 months in advance at www.recreation.gov)
Remember: There are no gas or food services at the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center. Fuel up before you visit and remember to bring your own food. Pets are not allowed on the trails at the Hoh Rain Forest.
Check on twitter for updates and find more trip planning information for Visiting In Summer.
Hoh Rain Forest area Alerts:
Quinault Rain Forest
In the Quinault Rain Forest, the North Shore and South Shore roads loop drive is open including the July Creek Picnic Area. The Ranger Station on North Shore Road is staffed intermittently and portable toilets are available. Area trails are open.
The 6-mile Graves Creek Road is open. RVs and trailers are not permitted because of road conditions.
The Graves Creek Campground and North Fork Campground are both open for primitive camping with no drinking water.
Queets Rain Forest
Upper Queets Road, Lower Queets Road, and Queets Campground (primitive) are open. The Upper and Lower Queets roads and the Campground may 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 in the southeastern portion of the park is open.
Staircase Campground is open, flush toilets and drinking water are available.
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.
Coastal Wilderness Area Closure - North of Cape Alava and Shi Shi Beach
The coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava (as well as the Ozette Reservation) to the northern boundary of Shi Shi Beach is closed to the public in alignment with the Makah Tribe's closure of Neah Bay, Shi Shi Beach Trailhead, and the Ozette Reservation. Hiking north past the backcountry campsites at Cape Alava is prohibited at this time.
The following park roads are closed to vehicles 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.
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.