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Olympic National Park

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Overview

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.
  • Purchase an annual pass for all national parks sites, $80
  • Camping & Lodging

    Camping:
    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.

    • Deer Park Campground: 14 sites.
    • Dosewallips Campground: Walk-in only. 30 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.

    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. For more information on backcountry camping in the park, click here.

    Lodging:
    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

    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.

    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.

    Shuttles:
    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 Adventures:
    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.

    Check out REI Adventures' national park offerings here.

    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.

    Maps & Guidebooks

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

    Gems in Olympic National Park - 15

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    gem Favorite Ruby Beach north.

    Ruby Beach

    (61) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Views west from Hurrican Ridge

    Hurricane Ridge

    (61) Port An…, WA
    gem Favorite Different angle of Sol Duc Falls, from the top

    Sol Duc Falls

    (54) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Hanging mosses in the Hoh

    Hoh Rain Forest

    (52) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Beach Patterns. with permission from John Christopher Copyright JChristopherGalleries.com

    Second Beach

    (45) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Standing beneath Marymere Falls.

    Marymere Falls

    (49) Port An…, WA
    gem Favorite Windy day at Hole in the Wall

    Hole in the Wall Beach

    (20) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Bald Eagles live in these amazing trees.

    Point of the Arches and Shi Shi Beach

    (12) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Walking into Enchanted Valley with the Chalet in view.

    Enchanted Valley

    (11) Seabeck, WA
    gem Favorite Heart Lake

    Heart Lake

    (1) Port An…, WA
    gem Favorite Jumping salmon at the Salmon Cascades

    Salmon Cascades

    (9) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Lake at the bottom of Anderson Glacier in September.

    Anderson Glacier

    (3) Brinnon, WA
    gem Favorite The Ozette Coast is gorgeous in the throes of summer.

    Makah Petroglyphs

    (5) Forks, WA
    gem Favorite Hot Spring. Olympic Hot Springs Trail on Appleton Pass.

    Olympic Hot Springs

    (4) Port An…, WA
    gem Favorite With the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam, the Elwha and her native salmon can finally run free.

    Glines Canyon Dam

    (7) Port An…, WA

    Recommended Routes in Olympic National Park - 22

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    Favorite Lake of the Angels.
    Difficult

    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

    Seabeck, WA
    Favorite Hoh River mosses and ferns (photo by Reba Bear)
    Easy/Intermediate

    Oil City Trail

    2.1 mi 3.4 km 115' Up 35.06 m Up 112' Down 34.27 m Down

    Forks, WA
    Favorite Some awesome sea stack views
    Intermediate

    Ozette Triangle

    9.6 mi 15.4 km 578' Up 176.07 m Up 571' Down 174.04 m Down

    Forks, WA
    Favorite Sol Duc Falls
    Intermediate

    Lover's Lane Loop

    6.0 mi 9.6 km 538' Up 163.84 m Up 535' Down 162.95 m Down

    Forks, WA
    Favorite Sol Duc Falls
    Difficult

    High Divide Loop

    17.6 mi 28.3 km 3,739' Up 1139.63 m Up 3,748' Down 1142.37 m Down

    Forks, WA
    Favorite Cabin around Humes ranch.
    Intermediate/Difficult

    Humes Ranch Loop

    6.0 mi 9.6 km 688' Up 209.64 m Up 694' Down 211.49 m Down

    Port An…, WA
    Favorite Beautiful Olympic Hot Springs Trail Bridge.
    Intermediate

    Boulder Falls

    7.9 mi 12.7 km 808' Up 246.16 m Up 807' Down 246.09 m Down

    Port An…, WA
    Favorite Junction with the Storm King Trail
    Easy/Intermediate

    Marymere Falls Nature Trail

    1.8 mi 2.9 km 209' Up 63.81 m Up 209' Down 63.82 m Down

    Port An…, WA
    Favorite Hanging mosses in the Hoh
    Easy

    Hoh Rain Forest Loop

    1.4 mi 2.3 km 144' Up 43.95 m Up 146' Down 44.38 m Down

    Forks, WA

    Olympic National Park Hiking

    • 767 Miles 1,234 Kilometers of Trail
    • 22 Recommended Routes
    • 15 Gems Gems
    • 27 Easy Trails Easy Trails
    • 93 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
    • 60 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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    Trails in Olympic National Park - 158

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    7.5 mi 12.1 km #1Sol Duc River Trail
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA 11 
    6.0 mi 9.6 km #2Rugged Ridge Trail
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    3.9 mi 6.3 km #3Elip Creek Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Seabeck, WA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Seabeck, WA
    17.1 mi 27.6 km #4Hoh River Trail
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA 47 
    4.6 mi 7.4 km #5South Fork Hoh River Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Easy/Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    13.4 mi 21.6 km #6Bailey Range Route
    Very Difficult
    Port Angeles, WA
    Very Difficult
    Port Angeles, WA
    2.3 mi 3.6 km #7Allens Bay Trail
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate/Difficult
    Forks, WA
    2.8 mi 4.5 km #8North Sand Point Trail
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    2.1 mi 3.3 km #9South Sand Point Trail
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    3.4 mi 5.4 km #10Cape Alava Trail
    Easy/Intermediate
    Forks, WA
    Easy/Intermediate
    Forks, WA 10 

    Photos of Olympic National Park - 638

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    Crossing the bridge at the Shady Lane Trail in Olympic National Park
    Jan 7, 2016 near Belfair, WA
    View of Hart Lake and Mt Duckabush, taken from the ridge above the lake (Hart Lake Way Trail).
    Jan 23, 2016 near Seabeck, WA
    Ruby Beach north.
    Apr 22, 2016 near Forks, WA
    View of Lake Crescent and Pyramid Peak from Storm King Trail.
    Jun 4, 2016 near Port An…, WA
    With the removal of the Glines Canyon Dam, the Elwha and her native salmon can finally run free.
    Jul 5, 2017 near Port An…, WA
    Walking into Enchanted Valley with the Chalet in view.
    Jun 27, 2018 near Brinnon, WA
    Bailey Range from Hurricane Ridge
    May 12, 2019 near Port An…, WA
    Views west from Hurrican Ridge
    May 16, 2019 near Port An…, WA