Know Before You Go!

Weather conditions change rapidly in mountainous terrain.  Sudden storms or extreme changes in temperature are common on the Olympic Peninsula. Your trip will be more pleasant if you are prepared for rain or snow, even if you start out on a sunny day.  Please be prepared!

Passes and Permits

Some trailheads or day use sites require a fee. Check ahead of time to see if a pass or permit is required.  View all recreation passes available for purchase and a description of when and where they are required. 

Maps

Detailed maps are highly recommended for your visit to Olympic National Forest, particularly for wilderness and backcountry travel. A variety of maps and publications are available for download or purchase. 

Weed Free Feed Requirements

As part of a larger effort to reduce invasive species on national forest lands, weed-free feed is required in all national forests and national grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.

Livestock owners are required to use feed that is either commercially processed or crop products certified to be free of weed seeds. All hay, cubed hay, straw, mulch, and other such products used or stored on national forest lands must be state certified as weed free.

Wilderness and Backcountry Trips

Go to: Wilderness areas

Current Conditions

  • Check the Current Conditions page to find information about recreation and road conditions, fire information, and additional resources.

Outdoor Safety

  • Always treat water found along the trail if you decide to drink it.
  • Remember: you can't count on cell phone coverage in remote areas!
  • Outdoor Safety, The Ten Essentials.

Forest Rules and Regulations

Campground fees, reservations & regulations

Most campsites at Olympic National Forest are offered on a first-come, first served basis. A limited number of campsites and yurts (Coho only) can be reserved at Coho and Willaby Campgrounds at the National Recreation Reservation System. Check out the campground pages to find site and fee information for specific campgrounds.