Olympic National Park Travel Guide

Park Essentials


There are wheelchair-accessible facilities—including trails, campgrounds, and visitor centers—throughout the park; contact visitor centers for information.

Admission Fees and Permits

Seven-day vehicle admission fee is $20; an annual pass is $40. Individuals arriving on foot, bike, or motorcycle pay $7. An overnight wilderness permit, available at visitor centers and ranger stations, is $5 per person per night. A frequent-hiker pass, which covers all wilderness-use fees, is $35 per year. Fishing in freshwater streams and lakes within Olympic National Park does not require a Washington state fishing license; however, anglers must acquire a salmon-steelhead catch record card when fishing for those species. Ocean fishing and harvesting shellfish require licenses, which are available at sporting goods and outdoor supply stores.

Admission Hours

Six park entrances are open 24/7; gate kiosk hours (for buying passes) vary according to season and location, but most are staffed during daylight hours. Olympic National Park is in the Pacific time zone.


Cell-Phone Reception

Note that cell reception is sketchy in wilderness areas. There are public telephones at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center, Hoh River Rain Forest Visitor Center, and lodging properties within the park—Lake Crescent, Kalaloch, and Sol Duc Hot Springs. Fairholme General Store also has a phone.

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