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, ski, or snowshoe in the backcountry. Leaving an accurate itinerary with an emergency contact is a critical step 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. 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.
- 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 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: All WIC locations are closed to the public but WIC staff are available by email or phone 7 days a week at 360-565-3100 from 9:00 am to 4:00pm. Bear Canisters are available for lending on a limited basis from the back porch from 9:00 am to 4:00pm.
- No walk up permits are available at any Wilderness Information Center (WIC). All Wilderness Camping Permits must be reserved on Recreation.gov through the Olympic National Park Wilderness Permit page prior to the planned trip. If you are having trouble booking a trip online call the WIC for assistance.
Spring operations: The Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is currently open with limited services Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through May 30 and then open daily for the summer season. At this time, the exhibits, film, and tables on the upper level are closed. Restrooms are available. Check back for updates on visitor center operations.The Hurricane Ridge Mountain View Café and Gift Shop on the lower level of the Visitor Center is open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays as of May 7 and will open daily beginning May 21. Current status and road conditions are available by phone on the Road and Weather Hotline at 360-565-3131. On days the road is open but the Visitor Center is closed, be prepared to use your vehicle as a warming area and pack extra food, water, dry clothing, and blankets and/or sleeping bags in your vehicle. A restroom is available in the foyer. Hurricane Hill Road beyond the Visitor Center is currently open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic only (typically opens to vehicles by Memorial Day weekend depending on snow conditions).
Planning a visit for Memorial Day Weekend? Peak summer visitation time at popular areas like Hurricane Ridge is from 10am - 2pm and 3pm on holiday weekends. To avoid the crowds, try to arrive early before 10am or visit after 3pm. Check on twitter for updates and find more information on Visiting In Summer.
Check the Hurricane Ridge webcam and weather forecast.
- Hurricane Ridge Road entrance station project (Heart O' the Hills): A project is now underway to upgrade the park entrance area at Heart O' the Hills on Hurricane Ridge Road. A temporary fee booth is in operation until this project is completed in the fall. Read the full news release.
- Drivers should be cautious on Hurricane Ridge Road and be prepared for traffic to be stopped in line at the temporary fee booth. Please obey the reduced speed limit signs now in place to slow down traffic on the approach to the temporary fee station. After passing through the temporary fee station, drivers should expect short delays for alternating single-lane traffic through the short construction zone. Visitors and campers at Heart O’ the Hills Campground should expect construction activity, truck traffic, and noise during the ten-hour work days, Monday through Thursday.
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, the Spruce Railroad Trail, Marymere Falls and Moments in Time trailheads, and the Storm King** and Fairholme boat launches. La Poel Picnic area on Highway 101 and North Shore Picnic Area on Camp David Jr. Road are open. Fairholme Campground opened for the season April 23. Lake Crescent Lodge opened May 7 and updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website. Log Cabin Resort, RV & Campground is scheduled to open for the season May 21.
Alerts for Lake Crescent area :
- **Storm King Boat Launch and parking lot will be closed May 17 through May 21 for an electrical upgrade project at Barnes Point. The closure will begin at the 4-way intersection on Lake Crescent Rd off Highway 101. There will be no access to the boat launch parking lot during the closure. Boaters can use the Fairholme boat launch as an alternative during the closure. The work is anticipated to be complete in time to reopen the area by May 22. Check back for updates.
- 5/13 East Beach Road at Lake Crescent has reopened for the summer season. All day use recreation sites along East Beach Road are also open.
Sol Duc Valley
Sol Duc Road is now open. Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort and Sol Duc RV Park & Sol Duc Campground opened for the 2021 season on April 16. Updates for the 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.
The Ozette area 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 Ozette Campground may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or flooding. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
The Mora area is open**. Mora Campground is 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 Mora Campground and Rialto Beach may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or storm conditions. Call the recorded line at 360-565-3131 to check current status and area information (updated twice daily).
The Kalaloch area is open. This includes Ruby Beach and Beaches 1-6 . Kalaloch 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).
Kalaloch area Alerts:
- Kalaloch Ranger Station will begin opening Thursday - Monday starting May 20; South Beach Campground opens for the season May 21
- The Kalaloch Lodge and The Mercantile are open. Please see concessioner website for specific information on available services and operating hours.
- Trail Alert: A recent winter storm caused trail damage to several beach access points at Kalaloch Campground. The stairs down to the beach from Kalaloch Lodge were also washed out by the storm. Visitors can access the beach from the campground via a trail along the north bank of Kalaloch Creek (near Loop C, see map). In addition, the trail at Beach 1 is currently blocked by driftwood.
Hoh Rain Forest
The Hoh Rain Forest area is open. See alert below regarding Hall of Mosses Trail closures. The interior of the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center is currently closed, but staff are available from outside the main entrance area on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through May 23 and then daily. Restrooms are open and located outside the visitor center near the main entrance.
The Hoh Campground is open. NEW FOR 2021! Reservations are now available online for the peak season at recreation.gov. 2021 peak season dates: June 1 - September 15, 2021. All campsites are reservable during the peak season. Any unreserved or cancelled sites will be sold at the Hoh Visitor Center on a first-come, first-served basis. Campsites are first-come, first-served the rest of the year.
Planning a visit for Memorial Day Weekend? To best avoid the crowds for the busy holiday weekend, try to arrive before 11am or visit after 5pm. Sunday is the busiest day for the 3-day weekend. Expect longer than normal delays at the entrance station on the Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday of the holiday weekend. Traffic can be metered at the entrance station into the late afternoon. The long lines at the entrance station are a result of the parking area being at capacity, not due to slow service at the entrance station. The entrance station is on a single-lane road and there is no bypass lane for visitors that already have passes.
- 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:
The Hall of Mosses Trail will be closed during the scheduled dates listed in the table below. The work is anticipated to be complete by June 17. This project will repair sections of poor trail tread and improve drainage. Please expect noise and work activity on the Mini Loop Trail during work days as the trail crew will be using power carriers to transport gravel and work materials. The Mini Loop Trail, Spruce Nature Trail and Hoh River Trail will remain open during this trail project. Check back for updates.
|May 12 - May 19
||May 20 - May 25
|May 26 - June 2
||June 3 - June 8
|June 9 - June 16
||Planned for June 17
|Check back for updates on project completion
- Visitors to the Hoh Rain Forest should be aware of traffic delays for a road construction project outside the park on Upper Hoh Road. This project is managed by Federal Highways and Jefferson County. Current traffic impacts: Road work on Upper Hoh Road outside the park near milepost 10 at Canyon Creek. On weekdays between 8am-5pm, expect flaggers and delays up to 30 minutes through the project limits (Milepost 3 through Milepost 11). Outside of these work hours, drivers should expect minor delays at the temporary traffic signals for alternating single-lane traffic in operation 24 hours a day.
- Project website: Upper Hoh River Road Phase 2 | FHWA (dot.gov)
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 remains closed, but the restroom and area trails are open. The campgrounds and roads in the Quinault Valley 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).
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. However, Staircase Road and Staircase Campground (primitive until late May) may close on short notice for safety due to hazardous weather or snow. 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)
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
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes are in place for Wilderness Camping Permits. For more information, visit the Wilderness Backpacking Reservations page.
- Wilderness Information Centers (WIC) remain closed to the public. 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. Self-registration or trailhead permits are not available.
- No walk up permits are available at any Wilderness Information Center (WIC). All WIC locations are closed to the public but WIC staff are 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.
Coastal Area Closures - Second Beach & Shi Shi Beach
The following coastal areas of Olympic National Park remain closed until further notice: Second Beach (near La Push) and the coastal wilderness area north of Cape Alava (including the Ozette Reservation) to the northern boundary of Shi Shi Beach. These area closures include the parking lots, trails, and beaches.
- The following park roads are closed to vehicles at the park boundary:
- Obstruction Point Road (Typically opens in mid-June depending on snow and road conditions)
- Hurricane Hill Road beyond the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center is currently closed to vehicles but open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. (Typically opens to vehicles by Memorial Day weekend)
- Deer Park Road is closed for the winter season (typically opens for the summer season in June depending on snow and 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.
- The following park campgrounds are closed for the winter season:
- South Beach Campground (scheduled to open for the season May 21)
- Deer Park Campground (typically opens in June depending on snow conditions)
- 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.
- Fairholme Store will remain closed this season.
- Log Cabin Resort - Scheduled to open for the season May 21. Updates for 2021 season are available on the concessioner's website.