Olympic National Park

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736 mi 1,185 km of trail 21 Featured Hikes

Gems 13 Gems Easy Trails 44 Trails Intermediate Trails 82 Trails Hard Trails 10 Trails

With nearly one million acres, Olympic National Park encompasses several diverse ecosystems that preserve a rich collection of natural and cultural history. Waves crash against a shoreline rich with life, wild rivers flow from glacier-capped peaks through valleys of old-growth forests, and only trails cross the remote and vast interior of this wilderness. Visitors will be amazed by the diversity of plants and wildlife found in the park. The opportunities to explore the vast and stunning wilderness will leave visitors eager for more time to explore this amazing park.

For more information about Olympic National Park, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
All visitor centers are open from June through September. From October to May some visitor centers may have reduced hours or seasonal closures. For more information on current hours of operation, click here.

  • Olympic National Park Visitor Center - open daily, hours vary by season.
  • Wilderness Information Center - open daily, hours vary by season.
  • Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center - open daily in summer, open weekends whenever Hurricane Ridge Road is open the remainder of the year.
  • Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center - open daily in summer; open Friday-Sunday remainder of year. Hours vary by season.

Visiting Tips

Olympic National Park is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The most popular months to visit are June through September. During the busy summer season, most roads and facilities are open and a full range of programs are available. From October through May, some roads, campgrounds, and other visitor facilities are closed or have reduced hours. Visitor centers and Hurricane Ridge Road are closed Thanksgiving and Christmas. Other roads and facilities remain open, weather permitting. For more information on current operating hours and seasons, check the park's website.

Fees & Passes:
To find out more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Olympic offers a variety of campgrounds and numerous backcountry campsites. Kalaloch and the Sol Duc Campground are the only campgrounds that accept reservations; the remainder of the campgrounds are filled on a first come, first served basis. To learn more about camping in the park and to see current conditions, visit the park's website.

  • Altair Campground: Variable number of sites. $20 per night.
  • Deer Park Campground: 14 sites. $15 per night.
  • Dosewallips Campground: Walk-in only. 30 sites. No fee.
  • Elwha Campground: 40 sites. $20 per night.
  • Fairholme Campground: 88 sites. $20 per night.
  • Graves Creek Campground: 30 sites. $20 per night.
  • Heart O'the Hills Campground: 102 sites. $20 per night.
  • Hoh Campground: 88 sites. $20 per night.
  • Kalaloch Campground: 170 sites. $22 per night. Reservations can be made online from June through September.
  • Mora Campground: 94 sites. $20 per night.
  • North Fork Campground: 9 sites. $15 per night.
  • Ozette Campground: 15 sites. $20 per night.
  • Queets Campground: 20 sites. $15 per night.
  • Sol Duc Campground: 82 sites. $20 per night. Reservations can be made online.
  • South Beach Campground: 55 sites. $15 per night.
  • Staircase Campground: 49 sites, 5 walk-in only. $20 per night.

Backcountry Camping:
Wilderness Camping Permits are required for all overnight stays in the Olympic National Park wilderness. Wilderness Camping Permits may be obtained at the Main Wilderness Information Center in Port Angeles, the Quinault Wilderness Information Center, or the Staircase Ranger Station, and the fee is $5 per person per night. For more information on backcountry camping in the park, click here.

The park also provides a range of lodging accommodations. Visitors may choose from modern motel type accommodations, rooms in historic hotels dating back to the early 1900s, or rustic cabins. Reservations are strongly encouraged as rooms fill quickly, especially in July and August.

  • Kalaloch Lodge: Open year round. Reservations can be made online.
  • Lake Crescent Lodge: Open May through January with some cabins available on weekends during the winter. Reservations can be made online.
  • Log Cabin Resort: Open late May through September. Reservations can be made online.
  • Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort: Open March through October. Reservations can be made online.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Olympic National Park offers a variety of ranger-led programs that are available throughout the summer at popular destinations and campground throughout the park. All programs, unless otherwise specified, are free and open to the public. To learn more about these ranger-led programs and to see the current events calendar, click here.

The Hurricane Ridge Shuttle Van provides twice-daily van service from downtown Port Angeles to Hurricane Ridge Wednesday through Sunday (shuttle schedule is subject to change). Advance reservations are strongly recommended and can be made by calling All Points Charters and Tours at 360-565-1139 or 360-460-7131. Round trip tickets cost $10 per person.

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a variety of free brochures to help plan your visit, click here.

Food & Drink

There are a variety of restaurant options located in the park as well as several stores where you can purchase groceries and other everyday essentials. The Lodges of Olympic National Park offer a unique restaurant option at each of their four locations, and visitors are sure to enjoy the fresh, local Pacific Northwest cuisine at the Roosevelt Dining Room, the Springs Restaurant, the Lake Crescent Dining Room, or the Sunnyside Cafe.

After the Hike: Local Favorites

Granny's Cafe They have the most beautiful waitress there. I think her name is Jenny....
Shirley Delicious Cafe Great staff, cosy atmosphere, yummy food
Toga's Salmon sandwich is awesome! I wasn't expecting anything so good like this here...This is definitely a very good surprise
Sabai Thai Try Basil Noodle with Chicken or the Crispy Duck! You can't go wrong - Everything's delicious and the service is fantastic!
903 W 8th St, Port Angeles WA — (360) 452-4505
Drake's U-Bake Pizza & Subs They have an ever growing menu, bot sure what you want? Theybare quick to help! :)
Jig & Lure We had the pork belly and shrimp risotto full plate and it was so much food! It was great. The apple bread pudding was fantastic as well. My wife had the puttanesca and it was great!
SUBWAY The evening weekday crew is amazing! True artists right there. Good job guys, keep up the great work. Courteous, professional, friendly.
Next Door Gastro Pub Summer berry mojito is toooooo sweet...
First Street Haven Southwest Benedict was very yummy and slightly better than huevos rancheros... A side of bacon is a must!
107 E 1st St, Port Angeles WA — (360) 457-0352
Soho Asian Bistro We had the lettuce wraps and bacon scallops, both were delicious. a hidden gem :-)
New Day Eatery The in-house made sweet potato chips are so delicious! You should definitely order then with your meal.
Cornerhouse Restaurant & Lounge Way better than the Crabhouse as well as way cheaper!
Cock A Doodle Doughnuts We really liked the doughnuts and bear claw. 11:45 and slim pickings, so go early. Also got the chocolate and a maple. Mmm.
Olympic Bagel Company Bagels and coffee are excellent
802 E 1st St, Port Angeles WA — (360) 452-9100
Tendy's Garden General tsaos chicken is really good.
920 E 1st St, Port Angeles WA — (360) 452-3322
Fanaticus Sports Grill Nice bathrooms.
Gordy's Pizza & Pasta Food and service was awesome. Staff was super nice!
Chestnut Cottage Excellent quality, huge portions, great coffee and coffee cake. Highly recommend. Come hungry.
Cafe Garden Cafe waffle is a must try! Also, Colleen is the sweetest!
Frugals July Specials-Bacon Bleu Burger, Orange Creamsicle & Huckleberry Shakes

Other Activities

Whether planning on camping, hiking, climbing, boating, fishing, mountaineering, or wildlife viewing, visitors will not be disappointed in the variety of activities that the park has to offer. From a short day hike to a long backcountry excursion, the opportunities for exploration are limitless. Additionally, be sure to check out the great areas for rock climbing in and around the park. For those looking to extend their adventure, there are great trails near the park for mountain biking as well.

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17.1 mi 27.6 km
#1 Hoh River Trail
Forks, WA
17.1 mi 27.6 km Forks, WA
All Clear
3 days ago
Port Angeles, WA
3.0 mi 4.9 km Port Angeles, WA
All Clear
25 days ago
Port Angeles, WA
1.6 mi 2.6 km Port Angeles, WA
7.3 mi 11.7 km
#4 Little River Trail
Port Angeles, WA
7.3 mi 11.7 km Port Angeles, WA
All Clear
20 days ago
Port Angeles East, WA
7.5 mi 12.1 km Port Angeles East, WA
Minor Issues
Dry, Snowy - Clear from deer park campground for probably miles of the 7. Hiked/trail ran in only 4 miles. Was told at ranger station that there wa...
41 days ago
Port Angeles, WA
13.4 mi 21.6 km Port Angeles, WA
Port Angeles, WA
2.7 mi 4.4 km Port Angeles, WA
Minor Issues
96 days ago
Forks, WA
0.7 mi 1.2 km Forks, WA
All Clear
64 days ago
Seabeck, WA
18.0 mi 28.9 km Seabeck, WA
Seabeck, WA
1.8 mi 3.0 km Seabeck, WA
Seabeck, WA
1.2 mi 1.9 km Seabeck, WA
7.5 mi 12.1 km
#12 Grand Pass Trail
Port Angeles East, WA
7.5 mi 12.1 km Port Angeles East, WA
All Clear
Mostly Dry
8 days ago
134.5 mi 216.5 km
#13 Olympic Discovery Trail
Port Townsend, WA
134.5 mi 216.5 km Port Townsend, WA
6.0 mi 9.7 km
#14 Lost Pass Trail
Port Angeles East, WA
6.0 mi 9.7 km Port Angeles East, WA
2.7 mi 4.3 km
#15 Peabody Creek
Port Angeles, WA
2.7 mi 4.3 km Port Angeles, WA
2.3 mi 3.7 km
#16 Griff Creek Trail
Port Angeles, WA
2.3 mi 3.7 km Port Angeles, WA
0.1 mi 0.2 km
#17 Ruby Beach
Forks, WA
0.1 mi 0.2 km Forks, WA
Belfair, WA
0.8 mi 1.3 km Belfair, WA
All Clear
Dry: Completely free. Enjoyable hike by the river.
74 days ago
Seabeck, WA
3.4 mi 5.4 km Seabeck, WA
6.5 mi 10.4 km
#20 High Divide Trail
Forks, WA
6.5 mi 10.4 km Forks, WA

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