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Often referred to as 'three parks in one', Olympic National Park encompasses three distinctly different ecosystems—rugged glacier capped mountains, over 60 miles of wild Pacific coast and magnificent stands of old-growth and temperate rain forest. These diverse ecosystems are still largely pristine in character (about 95% of the park is designated wilderness)and are Olympic's gift to you.

Olympic is also known for its biological diversity. Isolated for eons by glacial ice, the waters of Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca, the Olympic Peninsula has developed its own distinct array of plants and animals. Eight kinds of plants and five kinds of animals are found on the peninsula and live nowhere else in the world.

   

CONTACTS

Email - OLYM_Visitor_Center@nps.gov

Fax- (360) 565-3147

Write to
600 East Park Avenue
Port Angeles, WA 98362-6798

Phone
Visitor Information - (360) 565-3130
Visitor Information Recorded Message - (360) 565-3131
Visitor Information(TDD) - (360) 565-3016

TRAVEL BASICS

Operating Hours, Seasons
The park itself is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Most roads remain open year round, although several are subject to winter closure because of snow. Some campgrounds are open year round, while others close for the winter. Visitor center hours vary throughout the year.

Getting There
PLANE - Horizon Air (an Alaska Airlines affiliate) provoides regularly scheduled flights to Fairchild International Airport in Port Angeles from SeaTac Airport and from Victoria, British Columbia.

CAR - From the Seattle/Tacoma area, travelers may reach U.S. 101 by several different routes, either by crossing Puget Sound on one of the Washington State Ferries or by driving south around Puget Sound. Travel time along any of these routes is approximately two-and-a-half to three hours from the Seattle/Tacoma area to Port Angeles, where the main park visitor center and park headquarters are located. All major rental companies serve the SeaTac Airport. Rental cars are also available on the Olympic Peninsula in Port Angeles, Sequim and Grays Harbor.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - Port Angeles is served daily from downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport by Olympic Bus Lines and Tours. Reservations are recommended: call (360) 452-3858. The Clallam Transit System provides service within Port Angeles and commuter services to locations around the northern Olympic Peninsula. For more information, call (360) 452-4511. Car and passenger ferry service is available throughout most of the year between Victoria, British Columbia and Port Angeles. Reservations are not available, but for more information, contact Black Ball Transport, Inc. at (360) 457-4491. Victoria Rapid Transit operates a summer passenger-only ferry between Port Angeles and Victoria. For reservations and information, call (360) 452-8088.

Weather & Climate
Olympic has a moderate marine climate with pleasant summers and mild, wet winters. Summers are generally fair and warm, with high temperatures usually between 65 and 75 degrees F. Summer is the driest season, with heavier precipitation during the rest of the year. Winters are mild, with temperatures at lower elevations in the 30's and 40's. At higher elevations, snowfall is generally heavy, with accumulations of up to 10 feet common. Closer to sea level, much of the precipitation comes as rain, with some infrequent snow fall. At any time of year, visitors should come prepared for a variety of conditions. Rain gear and layered clothing are a must. The Seattle office of the National Weather Service provides up-to-date weather information and forecasts.

Accessibility
Although Olympic is considered a wilderness park by many, nature trails and campgrounds are accessible to anyone seeking nature's solace.

Getting Around
All park destinations can be reached from U.S. Highway 101, which circumnavigates the Olympic Peninsula.

FEES/PERMITS

Entrance Fee
A. SINGLE VISIT VEHICLE PERMIT
This permit allows all persons traveling with the permit holder in one single private, non-commercial vehicle (car/truck/van) to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase.

B. SINGLE VISIT INDIVIDUAL PERMIT
This permit allows an individual traveling on foot, horseback, motorcycle, or in a vehicle owned by a non-profit organization to leave and re-enter the park as many times as they wish during the 7-day period from the date of purchase.

C. OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK ANNUAL PASS
This pass allows all persons traveling with the passholder in one single non-commercial vehicle, or the passholder and his/her family (spouse, children, parents) traveling by means other than a single private non-commercial vehicle, unlimited entry to the park for 1 year from the month of purchase.


Special Use Permits
COMMERCIAL TOUR FEE

CAMPING

Olympic National Park Campgrounds
The National Park Service operates 16 campgrounds with a total of 910 sites. Camping fees vary depending on the services and amenities provided at each one. All are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Some remain open throughout the winter. Go to 'In-Depth' to visit Olympic's expanded website for detailed information.
For More Information on this campground please call (360) 565-3130

LODGING

Kalaloch Lodge
Open All Year
For More Information on this lodging please call (360) 962-2271

Lake Crescent Lodge
Open from late April until October
For More Information on this lodging please call (360) 928-3211

Log Cabin Resort
Open most of the year. Call for dates and reservations.
For More Information on this lodging please call (360) 928-3325

Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort
Call for dates and reservations.
For More Information on this lodging please call (360) 327-3583

FACILITIES

VISITOR CENTERS AND EXHIBITS
Phone - (360) 565-3130
Available Facilities - Visitor Centers are located in Port Angeles, Hurricane Ridge and the Hoh rain forest. Each of these provides exhibits and visitor information. The Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles is open and staffed year-round and serves as the park's primary information and orientation center. The Hurricane Ridge and Hoh Visitor Centers are open throughout the year (when road and weather conditions allow), but may be self-service during the winter months. Exhibits are also located at the following ranger stations: Staircase, Storm King (at Lake Crescent), Ozette and Kalaloch.

Wilderness Information Centers
WILDERNESS INFORMATION CENTER (WIC)
October 1 through March 31 As staff is available
April 1 through June 19 8:00 to 4:30 7 days a week
Phone - (360) 565-3100
Location - The WIC is located one mile from Hightway 101, behind the Olympic Naitonal Park Visitor Center at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles.
Available Facilities - In the early stages of trip planning call or write the WIC. Staff members provide current trail reports, trip planning, safety and weather (subject to change!) and Leave No Trace tips. For current trail conditions check out the WIC on-line (www.nps.gov/olym/wic/trailinfo.htm). Visit the WIC for more informaiton, to obtain reservations for any quota area, or to obtain a Wilderness Camping Permit for any park location. Bear canisters are available for loan.

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Olympic National Park.
 Campgrounds Near Olympic National Park:
Arney's Dam, Port Angeles, 4 miles away
Welcome Inn, Port Angeles, 4 miles away
Welcome Inn Trailer Court/rv, Port Angeles, 4 miles away
Elwha Dam RV Park, Port Angeles, 4 miles away
Olympic National Park - Elwha, Port Angeles, 5 miles away
Olympic National Park - Heart O' The Hills, Port Angeles, 6 miles away
Olympic National Park - Altair, Port Angeles, 6 miles away
 Hotels Near Olympic National Park:
Olympic Lodge, Port Angeles , 6 miles away
Quality Inn Uptown, Port Angeles , 6 miles away
Sol Duc Hot Springs, Port Angeles , 7 miles away
Red Lion Port Angeles, Port Angeles , 7 miles away
Lord Carlton Country Manor Hou, Port Angeles , 7 miles away
Days Inn Port Angeles, Port Angeles , 8 miles away
Super 8 Port Angeles At Olympic National Park, Port Angeles , 8 miles away
 Trails Near Olympic National Park:
Little River Trail, Clallam County , 1 miles away, 7.5 hiking miles, 5188 feet elevation difference
Hurricane Hill Trail, Clallam County , 4 miles away, 5.9 hiking miles, 5674 feet elevation difference
Lillian River Trail, Clallam County , 4 miles away,  25.4 hiking miles, 4030 feet elevation difference
Long Ridge Trail, Clallam County , 6 miles away,  40.2 hiking miles, 5708 feet elevation difference
Lake Creek Trail, Clallam County , 7 miles away,  4.4 hiking miles, 557 feet elevation difference
Elwha River Trail, Clallam County , 9 miles away,  64 hiking miles, 4020 feet elevation difference
Happy Lake Ridge Trail, Clallam County , 13 miles away,  17.2 hiking miles, 4377 feet elevation difference
 Ski Areas Near Olympic National Park:
Hurricane Ridge Ski Lodge, Washington , 3 miles away, 800 foot drop, 3 lifts, 10 runs
Cypress Mountain, British Columbia , 66 miles away, 2410 foot drop, 9 lifts, 52 runs
Grouse Mountain, British Columbia , 69 miles away, 1260 foot drop, 5 lifts, 26 runs
Mount Seymour, British Columbia , 72 miles away, 1083 foot drop, 5 lifts, 23 runs
 Whitewater Near Olympic National Park:
Elwha River, Clallam County , 4 miles away, Class II - 4.9 miles long (Aldwell Reservoir to river mouth)
Elwha River, Clallam County , 6 miles away, Class V - 8.5 miles long (Grand Canyon)
Elwha River, Clallam County , 6 miles away, Class II-III(IV) - 4.5 miles long (Mills Reservoir to Highway 101)
Quinault River - North Fork, Jefferson County , 18 miles away, Class V - 3 miles long (Geoduck Creek to Kimta Creek)
Gray Wolf River, Clallam County , 19 miles away, Class IV-V - 9.5 miles long (Deer Park to Dungeness Forks Campground)
 Public Lands Near Olympic National Park:
Olympic National Forest, Washington , 29 miles away
Lake Cushman State Park, Washington , 32 miles away
Lime Kiln Point State Park, Washington , 33 miles away
Sequim Bay State Park, Washington , 33 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Olympic National Park:
Peninsula Golf Club, Port Angeles , 8 miles away
Salt Creek RV Park Golf Course, Port Angeles , 12 miles away
 Lakes Near Olympic National Park
Lake Sutherland, Clallam County , 14 miles away
Claywood Lake, Jefferson County , 15 miles away

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