Olympic National Park
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.
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.
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.
- Deer Park Campground: 14 sites.
- Dosewallips Campground: Walk-in only. 30 sites.
- Elwha Campground: 40 sites.
- Fairholme Campground: 88 sites.
- Graves Creek Campground: 30 sites.
- Heart O'the Hills Campground: 102 sites.
- Hoh Campground: 88 sites.
- Kalaloch Campground: 170 sites.Reservations can be made online from June through September.
- Mora Campground: 94 sites.
- North Fork Campground: 9 sites.
- Ozette Campground: 15 sites.
- Queets Campground: 20 sites.
- Sol Duc Campground: 82 sites. Reservations can be made online.
- South Beach Campground: 55 sites.
- Staircase Campground: 49 sites, 5 walk-in only.
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. 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.
Food & Drink
Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles
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.
REI offers over 30 national park trips led by expert guides capable of taking you off the beaten path to discover hidden gems that many visitors never see.
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Maps & Guidebooks
Gems in Olympic National Park - 15
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Recommended Routes in Olympic National Park - 22
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Enchanted Valley Route
35.2 mi 56.7 km • 4,414' Up 1345.51 m Up • 4,414' Down 1345.47 m Down
Hoh Rain Forest Out and Back
9.9 mi 15.9 km • 420' Up 128.01 m Up • 422' Down 128.6 m Down
Shi Shi Beach and Point of the Arches
9.4 mi 15.2 km • 530' Up 161.66 m Up • 530' Down 161.65 m Down
Lake of the Angels (Putvin Trail)
6.5 mi 10.4 km • 3,280' Up 999.75 m Up • 3,279' Down 999.43 m Down
Third Beach to Toleak Point
11.9 mi 19.2 km • 1,085' Up 330.74 m Up • 1,086' Down 330.91 m Down
Heather Park Loop
11.8 mi 19.0 km • 4,730' Up 1441.72 m Up • 4,758' Down 1450.18 m Down
Olympic National Park Hiking
- 1,012 Miles 1,629 Kilometers of Trail
- 22 Recommended Routes
- 15 Gems
- 31 Easy Trails
- 78 Intermediate Trails
- 45 Difficult Trails
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#1Mt. Storm King Trail
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#2Hall of Mosses Trail
#3Hoh River Trail
#4Hurricane Hill Nature Trail
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#6Obstruction Point-Deer Park Trail
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#7Lake Angeles Trail
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#8Mount Angeles Trail
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#9East Fork Quinault Trail
#10Staircase Rapids Nature Trail
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